In order to improve the ability of global remote sensing data, the Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth of the Chinese Academy of Sciences built the Arctic Receiving Station of the Remote Sensing Satellite Ground Station (ARS) in December 2016 in Kiruna, Sweden, which is the first overseas satellite station in China.
More than two years later, on Jan. 13, 2019, an expert from Swedens Ministry of Defense, appeared on a television program and hyped that Chinas ground Arctic station, which is used to detect and transmit satellite images of the Arctic region, may serve military interests.
The Chinese Embassy in Sweden responded on the 17th, saying that such anti-China rhetoric has no factual basis, is purely fictional and irresponsible.
Swedish military experts hype the satellite station Chinas military threat
John Rydqvist, an expert of Swedish Defense Research Bureau under the Swedish Ministry of Defence, attended a program of Swedish TV SVT on the 13th. He hyped the so-called China Threat Theory on the program, saying that Sweden was facing a growing security challenge from China, and that the Arctic Station might serve Chinas military interests. He declared sensationally that all of them were China Threat Theory. Ultimately, Swiss-civilian cooperation is likely to be controlled by Chinese military departments.
The expert claimed that if Chinese military satellites could not be used during the war, China might use the Arctic Station to transmit images of the area to supplement military intelligence or provide additional surveillance.
Its not good for Sweden, Lidquist said. From the point of view of our important cooperation with other EU countries and the United States, this may cause serious problems.
Lidquist also said that the blurred boundaries between Chinas civil and military fields raised concerns about cooperation with Chinas satellite stations at the Swedish Government-owned Swedish Space Research Centre (SSC).
Organizationally, Chinas space program is largely avery (verylarge extentmilitarised), he said.
Because the Arctic Station serves the satellite High Score 1 of the major special space-based system of the National High Resolution Earth Observation System, the expert also hyped High Score 1 as a global surveillance capability for China, saying that if the observation information of the Arctic Station has military purposes, the Swedish authorities should pay attention to it.
The Swedish Space Research Center (SSC), mentioned by Lidquist, had previously pledged that the Arctic Station and its cooperation with China were purely civilian.
Russian Satellite Network reported on the 16th that Sweden is likely to be in harmony with the Pentagon in this Star Wars against China and Russia.
The satellite network also quoted military expert Vladimir Yevshev as saying, Since the United States does not rule out the possibility of sending weapons into space, it very much hopes to limit Chinas ability to control outer space to the greatest extent. Americas allies and partners, especially those from Europe, may be used for this purpose. Therefore, it is possible for the United States to put pressure on Swedens military sector. I think it would be more appropriate for China to build such an Arctic station in Russia.
Chinas response: Subjective speculation should not be deliberate, but should not be self-defeating.
On the matter, a spokesman for the Chinese Embassy in Sweden made a speech on 17 days on some Swedish politicians and medias comments on China in recent days. The embassy noted that some Swedish politicians and media had recently called China a security threat and that Chinas foreign investment was worrying. Such arguments have no factual basis, are pure fiction and irresponsible.
China has never posed any threat to world peace and development. It has always been an important contributor to the maintenance of international peace and justice and is committed to promoting the construction of a community of human destiny. China is the country with the largest number of peacekeepers among the five permanent members of the UN Security Council. It actively promotes the process of political settlement of international hot and difficult issues and resolutely combats terrorism. China does not do anything to harm the interests of other countries, does not need an inch of land from other countries, will never seek hegemony, and has no intention or interest in threatening any country.
China firmly pursues open development and opens its doors to mutually beneficial cooperation with other countries in the world. Chinas foreign investment mainly focuses on enterprises, abides by market principles, abides by local laws, and pursues mutual benefit and win-win situation. The one belt and one way initiative is based on promoting the interconnection of the countries along the border, and pursues a cooperative mode of co operation, co construction, sharing, openness, transparency and rule based cooperation. Some have accused China of controlling telecommunications networks and infrastructure, but have never produced convincing evidence. Such subjective conjectures should not be deliberately made.
Chinas development is an opportunity for all countries in the world, including Sweden. It is hoped that Switzerland and China will move in opposite directions and jointly promote the smooth development of friendly cooperation between China and Switzerland on the basis of the principles of equality, mutual respect and win-win cooperation.
Yang Mian, a professor at the Institute of International Relations at the Communication University of China, said earlier that the hype surrounding Chinas satellite station in Sweden was only the continuation of Huaweis pressure on China.
Yang Mian said: First of all, these incidents are still a matter of Chinas threat theory. Huawei, as the largest telecom equipment manufacturer in the world, has advanced technology. Western countries are now fearful of Chinas development, which is reflected in all aspects and has a communication effect. They are used to looking at Chinas technological development in a narrow way. The differences in values, social systems and ideology between China and the West, combined with the development of Chinas technological products, have contributed to the fear of China in the West.
Source: Responsible Editor of Observer Network: Qian Mingxiao_NBJ10675