A Chinese rocket hit earth on Friday, provoking condemnation by NASA. The incident was criticized by the US space agency because it risked causing damage. China did not share any projections of where it expected the debris to fall down. According to Bloomberg, this is the fourth time in two years that a Chinese rocket has hit earth.
The incident is evidence for China’s lack of transparency as it enters the early stage of a systemic rivalry with the United States, sometimes dubbed Cold War II.
Although this time the rocket hit earth without any casualties, every such incident risks hitting important infrastructure or causing civilian deaths.