China asks India to maintain “peace and tranquility” in outer space

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Atul Aneja

BEIJING, MARCH 27, 2019 18:46 IST

UPDATED: MARCH 27, 2019 18:46 IST

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang.

China has asked India to maintain “peace and tranquillity” in outer space after New Delhi successfully tested a ground based anti-satellite weapon on Wednesday.

“We have noticed relevant reports and we wish all countries can effectively maintain peace and tranquillity of outer space,” the Chinese Foreign Ministry said in a brief statement in response to a question on the Indian test.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had earlier declared that India had successfully shot down a Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite by an anti-satellite missile during a test. The test under “Mission Shakti,” was completed in three minutes.

India is the fourth country after the United States, Russia and China to conduct an anti-satellite test.