Calling Trump's Space Force a Violation of Global Consensus, China Condemns US 'Weaponization of Outer Space'

China said Monday that the United States posed a “direct threat” to peace by “pursuing the weaponization of outer space” following President Donald Trump’s newly-created Space Force.

“The relevant U.S. actions are a serious violation of the international consensus on the peaceful use of outer space, undermine global strategic balance and stability, and pose a direct threat to outer space peace and security,” foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said at a press briefing.

The international community, he added, should “adopt a cautious and responsible attitude to prevent outer space from becoming a new battlefield and work together to maintain lasting peace and tranquility in outer space.”

Geng’s comments came days after Trump’s signature on the National Defense Authorization Act, which included a provision for the creation of the sixth branch of the military—an idea the president began floating early last year.

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