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China's Space Program Through The Lens of Irregular Warfare Theory

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This article  examines the question of whether the PRC is using its space program as a method of irregular warfare with the goal of neutralizing the United States as a threat to its goal of achieving global hegemony. For purposes of this paper, a campaign of irregular warfare is defined as a “struggle to influence populations and affect legitimacy.”  After examination of Chinese actions in Africa, specifically in the emerging satellite technology sector, the inevitable conclusion must be a resounding yes. 

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