The decision of China and India to work together on a joint system of satellites would allow the members of BRICS to be more independent and implement more complex engineering projects in space without having to depend on US technology, Russian military expert Vasiliy Kashin told Sputnik in an interview.
A few days ago during his visit to India, Wu Yanhua, Deputy Administrator for the Chinese National Space Agency (CNSA), said Chinese and Indian space scientists would begin cooperation in the field of aerospace.
This announcement also comes amidst the plan of all BRICS members to have their own satellite system to avoid becoming dependent from US technology and equipment in space.
“Any form of technological dependence from the United States is a serious risk, both political and commercial. BRICS nations should use each other’s scientific and technological potential at maximum,” Kashin told Sputnik.
It’s important for BRICS to develop their own technology, as Washington has sought to hinder the development of high-tech companies in developing countries using various barriers, including sanctions, Kashin explained. In the past, the US government put sanctions against some Chinese high-tech companies accusing them of having connections with Iran.