http://translate.google.com/transla...no/nyheter/uriks/wikileaks/article3971579.ece Secret U.S. notes that are leaked to Wikileaks and Aftenposten had access to, shows that there is a new and dramatic arms race in outer space, and that Americans are very concerned about the consequences: * China has conducted at least three secret missile attacks on satellites in space - in defiance of international agreements. * U.S. has been forced to change course on several of their costly satellites. * The International Space Station (ISS) had to be maneuvered away to reduce the risk of being hit by the waste from the Chinese nuclear tests. ... The Americans discovered what was going on only when the Chinese SC-19-rocket appeared on the screens to the U.S. missile warning system. Since satellite shootings in 2007, the U.S. has discovered and followed over 2500 waste objects in orbit around the Earth, which all stem from the Chinese "anti-satellite test," showing the documents, which originally comes from the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and the U.S. State Department in Washington. U.S. estimates that the objects will be in orbit over the next hundred years. Today's world is highly dependent on satellites, whether it concerns weather forecast, transportation, communications and research. "Currently, 45 percent of all waste from parts of rockets and missiles in orbit is generated by China," pointed out the Americans, who added that no other country is responsible for so much space garbage. ... When China's satellite attack became known in January 2007, the Americans went out hard in the media. But the internal documents can be interpreted as if the Americans went even further in private. The notes show that the Americans made it clear to the Chinese that they threatened "America's vital national and economic security." "This is a very serious issue for the entire international community", said the Americans, who went so far as to warn the Chinese that any attempt to approach the U.S. satellites could be met with "a variety of means, both diplomatic and military" .