China is reportedly working on building "counterspace weapons" that could match or exceed U.S. technology, according to a report released by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
The report says that China's military is expanding its space program, producing "counterspace weapons capabilities," including ground-based anti-satellite missiles and lasers possibly meant to damage "space-based optical sensors."
"Beijing continues to train its military space elements and field new destructive and nondestructive ground- and space-based anti-satellite weapons," the report continues.
The report theorizes that China could have its own operational space station between 2022 and 2024. It also alleges that the country is boosting its military, economic, technological, and diplomacy efforts to "secure what it views as its territory and regional preeminence, and pursue international cooperation at Washington's expense."