China Premier Says Country Still Opposed to Space Arms Despite Weapon Test

China's premier said Friday the nation was still opposed to the militarization of outer space, despite its recent test of an anti-satellite weapon that prompted international criticism.

Wen Jiabao said the January test that destroyed a defunct Chinese weather satellite was not targeted at any other nation, was not threatening, and did not violate any international treaties.

"China always advocates for the peaceful utilization of outer space and we are always opposed to an arms race in outer space," Wen said at an annual news conference.

"China's position on the peaceful utilization of outer space remains unchanged," he said.

We also called on concerned nations to sign an "international convention on the peaceful utilization of outer space," and said rising defense spending did not threaten other nations.