The United States of America and China already have a space hotline in order to prevent satellite warfare.
The US and China are ready to give diplomacy a try. They don’t want a full-fledged war in the depths of space and so a hotline of sorts has been instituted. This hotline will let both nations share vital information regarding what goes on in space.
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According to Financial Times, the space and military institutions of both countries will share a ton of data regarding activities in the vacuum that lies beyond our planet’s atmosphere.
It is very much like the red phone that lies between Washington and Moscow. That was there to prevent the Cold War from escalating into an all-out war. It was set up after the Cuban Missile Crisis which almost brought the world to the brink of WWIII.
The whole scenario is one of keeping stuff from careening into a full-blown crisis. Steps had to be taken by sending emissaries to China from the US before the space hotline could be set up. A similar space hotline has existed between the US and Russia since the end of the Cold War.
Since China is emerging as a future superpower, this step had to be taken willy-nilly. It might even overtake the US in matters of hegemony in the region. The chances of warfare in space have increased over the past years.
After China blew up a satellite in 2007, both countries decided on a mutual basis that it was high time a space hotline was created. This was of course for the betterment of relations. Whenever tensions escalated, this hotline would come in handy.
The avoidance of conflict was the main cause behind this action and provision. The past was a different country, but the present is just a case of the names having changed. Otherwise it is still the same old story, song and dance.
The factor of M.A.D. (Mutually Assured Destruction) which is a significant component of nuclear warfare counts a lot here. Nobody wants the actual bitter fruits of nukes to appear on the horizon in the form of a mushroom cloud. Rather, some sort of ameliorating circumstances are needed to offset the immense danger.
The best bet is a hotline where the channels of communication can be kept open 24/7. After all, language is our most human virtue. And though it might have its blind spots, it is the only way of cooling tempers on both sides when a conflict of interests takes place.