China & The US in space - Competition or collaboration?

The six-or-so decades that have passed since the beginning of the space & information age have brought countless developments into the ever-changing world of spaceflight. In the years following the remarkable achievements of the 60s and the 70s, the nature of the space economy has evolved dramatically, and it is no longer just the government-funded space agencies that actively participate in space, but rather thousands of companies that build the technology which powers our everyday world.

The trend of far-reaching commercialization of the space industry has led to the establishment of a myriad of businesses that, over the years, improved upon earlier designs or created entirely new technologies which partially define some of the current trends in space. And although it is the US companies that are most prominently mentioned as disruptive in the global space economy, the reality is that major providers of space assets & spaceflight options are scattered across the entire globe. As the pursuit for space revolves around the idea of rapid innovation and finding new solutions, even countries that, compared to the US, have little experience in the space industry, may become major rivals in this prospective field over the next few years - and China is no exception. It’s fair to say that the swift changes in the space market encourage the question of “What will happen in the coming decades?”. How may the future of US-China space relations look like, how will private and public entities treat each other, and what's more feasible: an international collaboration or a global competition?
What’s the Chinese space sector look like?

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