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C. D. E. F. Reconnaissance/surveillance capabilities. That is, they must be able to determine an enemy’s situation, geography, and other related combat information Mobile firepower, defined as the ability to undertake rapid, yet ferocious attacks against an opponent, throughout the depth of the theater. Electronic warfare means, both in order to preserve one’s own ability to utilize electronics systems, while disrupting an opponent’s ability. Command and control capabilities, which can be sustained in combat.

155 The products from the FSW series have been used for cartographic surveys, as well as provision of basic geographic information. 157 Other Chinese Satellites. More recently, the Chinese have begun to launch several new series of satellites. These include the Ziyuan remote earth-sensing satellites, the Beidou navigational satellites, and several micro- and mini-satellites. The Ziyuan series, developed in conjunction with Brazil, marks a major step forward for Chinese remote-sensing capabilities.

127 While the priority for space under Mao had been national prestige and national security, those goals changed with the accession of Deng Xiaoping to the Chinese premiership. Deng’s Four Modernizations program placed highest priority on economic development and scientific developments that would have developmental payoffs. ”128 While the program sought to reorient itself towards practical applications, it was a relatively low priority for much of the early Deng era, as agricultural reform and industrial reorganization demanded the attention of the leadership.

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