On Monday, May 10, 2021, China criticized the United States for landing Chinese missile fragments and stated that the United States clearly has double standards on this issue. The wreckage of China’s largest missile “Long March 5B” landed in the Indian Ocean near the Maldives on Sunday without reports of damage.
However, NASA criticized China for failing to meet its responsible standards for space debris. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said at a press conference that the United States and several other countries are promoting the landing of scrap Chinese missiles. He said: “From the report, we can see that the rocket booster has returned to the atmosphere and no surface damage has been found.” Chunying said that the current global practice is that the launch vehicle naturally decays in orbit after passing the orbital altitude, and are eventually destroyed when they re-enter the atmosphere.
Throughout the process, he paid close attention to the progress of the re-entry and issued an advance notice of the re-entry. Chu Ning said that China has shared its prediction of atmospheric entry through an international cooperation mechanism, and China has been carrying out activities for peaceful purposes and conventions. “However, I want to point out that in the United States, certain media and individuals are clearly having double standards for it. You may remember that in March this year, when some SpaceX rockets crashed into the US media, they used romantic descriptions, such as “Light up the night sky like a shooting star and create a spectacular light show.”
“But when it comes to China, the things is completely different. I have noticed some jokes on the Chinese Internet that American politicians may be forgetful, but the Internet has a long memory.
We are ready to strengthen cooperation with other countries, including countries. But we refuse to adopt double standards on this issue. NASA Administrator Bill Nelson has already stated that China does not wish to comply with responsible standards for its space debris, and that the space powers are as transparent as they are in these actions. China and all space nations and space trade organizations must take action.