Friday, April 21, 2023

Is Proposed Chinese Spaceport in Djibouti an Attempt to Evade International Space Law?

 Foreign Policy published on 21 April 2023 an analysis titled "China's Space Dream Is a Legal Nightmare" by Benjamin Silverstein, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Early this year, Hong Kong Aerospace Technology Group, a Chinese company, signed an agreement with Djibouti to build a rocket launch facility in the country.  The author suggests this deal may an effort by China to evade international space law as Djibouti has not signed and is not subject to the Outer Space Treaty.