China’s Military, State Media Slam U.S. after Report on SpaceX Spy Satellites

Chinese military and state-run media on Sunday accused the United States of threatening global security, days after a Reuters report which found Elon Musk’s SpaceX was building hundreds of spy satellites for a U.S. intelligence agency. Orlando Sentinel | Tribune News Service | Getty Images

By Reuters, 18 March 2024
Published by CNBC, 18 March 2024

Chinese military and state-run media on Sunday accused the United States of threatening global security, days after a Reuters report which found Elon Musk’s SpaceX was building hundreds of spy satellites for a U.S. intelligence agency.

SpaceX’s Starshield unit is developing the satellite network under a classified $1.8 billion contract with the National Reconnaissance Office, or NRO, Reuters reported on Friday, citing five sources familiar with the program.

A social media account run by the People’s Liberation Army, or PLA, said the SpaceX program exposed the United States’ “shamelessness and double standards” as Washington accuses Chinese tech companies of threatening U.S. security.

“We urge U.S. companies to not help a villain do evil,” Junzhengping, an account run by the PLA, posted on social media platform Weibo on Sunday. The account has 1.1 million followers.

“All countries worldwide should be vigilant and protect against new and even bigger security threats created by the U.S. government,” the post said.

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