India for bringing China into space dialogue: Cong

Emphasising on regional and international talks for formulating rules of operation in space, Congress on Friday said India is keen on bringing China into the dialogue network.

Last Updated: Jan 22, 2011, 00:41 AM IST

New Delhi: Emphasising on regional and
international talks for formulating rules of operation in
space, Congress on Friday said India is keen on bringing China
into the dialogue network.

"There could be several trilateral partnerships in the
space domain between India, US and Israel, and India, US and
Japan. However, India will be happy to explore the possibility
of bringing in China into this dialogue network," Congress MP
and spokesperson Manish Tewari said.

The potential for cooperation in space domain is immense
between the two Asian giants, he said here at the three-day
international conference on `Space, Science and Security: The
Role of Regional Expert discussion`.

Tewari also called for "acceptable rules of the game" and
"a global space coordinating agency" to prevent militarisation
of space.

China, Japan and India have robust space programmes. The
three countries should work together to avoid the kind of
"competitive alternations" which were witnessed between the
US, erstwhile USSR and Europe, he said.

"The need for regional and international dialogue and
rules of operation cannot but be emphasised. At the regional
level, it is fairly obvious that India will seek increasing
cooperation with other space faring nations, most notably
China, Japan, South Korea and Australia," he said.

India`s space strategy, civil-military relations and
Asian space race were discussed in the conference, organised
jointly by Observer Research Foundation, Secure World
Foundation, SIPRI and Jawaharlal Nehru University.

PTI