Trump's Space Force is about beating China, as Beijing's talking like it already owns space

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The US just laid out its plans for the future of space and took a big shot at China's ambitions in the process.

The head of the Chinese lunar exploration program recently described space like it was the South China Sea, an area Beijing has seized with force and militarized after wrecking the environment to build new islands.

The US is the only power strong enough to stop Beijing in the South China Sea — or in space.

Space is full of chokepoints and strategic locations that China could pin down and establish control of.

The US is locked in fight to maintain an edge on China to keep space free and open.

When Vice President Mike Pence set forth the US's vision for the future of space exploration and combat, he took a not-so-subtle shot at China, signaling a coming space race between the world's two biggest powers.

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