In three years, Chinese rocket booster debris fell back to Earth three times. It is not the only global disaster caused by the CCP, a Uyghur activist comments.
by Kok Bayraq
A Chinese rocket booster that helped launch part of a space station into orbit plummeted to Earth at the end of last month over Southeast Asia, the US Space Command confirmed. The Long March-5B rocket was launched in China on July 24 and delivered a laboratory module for its new Tiangong Space Station before falling back toward Earth.
This is China’s third rocket booster incident in three years, with one each previously in 2020 and 2021, leaving debris in Africa and the Indian Ocean, respectively.
The news of China’s rocket booster reminded me of the Wuhan Lab and internment camps in East Turkestan (Ch. Xinjiang) because of similarities in motivations and casualties. All of the above have caused or are believed to have caused varying degrees of catastrophe to humanity. All three are also situations in which the international community has demanded transparency from China.
In May 2021, when another booster from China’s Long March-5B rocket fell to Earth, the international community, including the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), has called on China for transparency and blamed it for acting irresponsibly in space.
NASA Administrator Bill Nelson stated on July 30, “The People’s Republic of China did not share specific trajectory information as their Long March-5B rocket fell back to Earth.”
To me, the three catastrophes are linked, either directly or indirectly, because the driving force behind all three is the same: China’s ambition to be a preeminent superpower and attain world domination.
China considers the Uyghur people an obstacle to the One Belt, One Road plan, and has therefore interned Uyghurs in 380 camps, where it continues to carry out genocide unhindered. This action garnered no serious response from the world.
Either to protect the prestige of the Chinese Communist Party or the secrets at its Wuhan Institute of Virology lab, China delayed disclosing the transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19 to humans and became, at least to some degree, responsible for the deaths of more than 3 million people worldwide, including 1.03million in the US. No entity, including the World Health Organization, has been able to obtain information about the origin of COVID-19 because of China’s refusal to share it.
China continues to tramples on the rights of its own citizens, sweeps away citizens of non-Han nationality inside its borders, binds its neighbors by means of loans, and builds a dubious majority in the United Nations by gathering dictatorial regimes from around the globe.
The rocket debris is the one of the easily visible part of the consequence of this “development.”
The chronology of catastrophic incidents proves that calling for transparency without action does not work.
Whatever you call it—Xin Jinping’s Dream or Great Rejuvenation of the Chinese Nation,—it is undertaken aggressively. The internment camps, COVID-19 (and possibly the Wuhan lab), and the rocket booster debris are all materialized forms of China’s uncontrolled obsession with being a superpower. Those who have died in the camps and the pandemic are early casualties in China’s pursuit of this goal, but more are certain to come. The rocket booster that left a trail of debris across Southeast Asia, Africa, and the Indian Ocean was a harbinger of catastrophes yet to occur during China’s rocket-like ascent to power.
After all these infractions, the world should at least issue China a speeding ticket to prevent more catastrophes in its rash quest to become a 21st-century superpower. China should know that there are consequences and order in the world. The journey to becoming a superpower requires rules and regulations.
Those who want to do business or hold climate talks with China or compete in the Olympics under its auspices must expect to pay a heavy price, which will also be exacted from their descendants.
NASA’s Bill Nelson’s statement continued: “All spacefaring nations should follow established best practices, and do their part to share this type of information in advance to allow reliable predictions of potential debris impact risk, especially for heavy-lift vehicles, like the Long March 5B , which carry a significant risk of loss of life and property. Doing so is critical to the responsible use of space and to ensure the safety of people here on Earth.”
Uyghurs, as victims of China’s high-speed journey of superpower have little confidence in the impact of the words above.
A Uyghur blogger wrote the following: “With the virus coming out of China, we are all wearing masks, and with the rockets fired by China, are we all going to wear iron hats?”
In 2017, the souvenir of China’s headlong journey toward superpower status was internment camps. In 2020, it was COVID-19, and in 2021 and 2022, it was rocket debris. What’s next? Iron hats will not be enough for the next incident of rocket debris. The little liquid what lies underneath those hats—critical thinking—is needed to realize China’s true threats, and where those threats will reach.