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China Says It Complained to UN About Musk’s SpaceX Satellites

  • Chinese space station took evasive action, Zhao Lijian says
  • Beijing, Washington have both signed treaty on use of space
Chinese taikonauts conduct extravehicular activities at the Tianhe space station in November.

Chinese taikonauts conduct extravehicular activities at the Tianhe space station in November.

Photographer: Xinhua News Agency/Getty Images

Beijing says it complained to the United Nations about near misses its space station allegedly had with SpaceX satellites, a sign that tensions are rising in the space race between China and the U.S.

Two satellites from the U.S. company founded by Elon Musk came close to the station in July and October, forcing astronauts on board to take evasive action, Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said Tuesday at a regular press briefing in Beijing.