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Tuesday, 12/28/2021 9:03 PM from

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BEIJING (dpa-AFX) – China has accused the USA of irresponsibility because two satellites of the US space company SpaceX are said to have come dangerously close to the Chinese space station “Tiangong”. The space station had to change course in July and October because a Starlink satellite from Elon Musk’s company was on a collision course, according to a spokesman for the Beijing Foreign Ministry on Tuesday.

China has already lodged a complaint with the United Nations. Applicable space treaties have been violated. The US side must take immediate action to prevent such incidents from happening again and to protect the lives of astronauts in orbit. During both incidents, Chinese astronauts were in the space station, which is why emergency measures were taken to avoid collisions.

SpaceX and US automaker Tesla, also founded by billionaire Elon Musk, came under pressure after reports of the incidents on Chinese social media. Many users vented their anger about the near-collisions. Calls for boycotts against Tesla and SpaceX were also spread.

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