Australian writer says space is assigned to Asia and western commercial companies

An opinion piece by Australian writer John Birmingham published on December 17, 2013 within the Brisbane Times comes with a hint of how the landing in the Chinese Chang'e 3/Jade rabbit has been seen in countries beyond China plus the United States.
Birmingham understands that Chinese moon landing as being a significant and largely positive development, albeit not for America's own space agency.
'Significant since it marks the arrival from the emerging Chinese superstate for the highest frontier; because doing so throws into sharp relief the retreat from the US from space; and given it presages a different realm of competition between Beijing's massive state supported space program and also the growing band of private, western firms aiming to extract value from here cold rocks inside sky.'
In plain english the new space race will likely be between China as well as a bevy of western the likes of SpaceX, Planetary Resources, and Golden Spike, amongst others. This is actually, despite Birmingham's assessment, a potentially bad situation.
The reason things could turn ugly is China contains the military muscle of an government to back its space ambitions. Without his or her nation state to back them up, a team of commercial miners within the moon, say, could well be out of luck if China chosen to jump their claim.
Birmingham meets your needs that NASA is usually a captive to crazy politics. But it needs liberating unless one desires that China becomes the dominate space power within the planet, thus taking possession on the future.
Ironically Birmingham is better known within the United States as being the author of an trilogy of alternate history novels the location where the United States is destroyed by an to date unknown entity.

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