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The aim of this paper is to place the Chinese test of anti-satellite weapons (ASAT) conducted in January 2007 into the broader context of the military space strategy of the country. It also aims at examining the gist of the Chinese space programme in the framework of the military objectives of the country. Besides, this study tries to establish the nature of the message sent by China to the international community. It finally questions the future of the Chinese space strategy and gives some perspectives on this.