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In space, the US sees a rival in China

WASHINGTON: During the Cold War, US eyes were riveted on the Soviet Union's rockets and satellites. But in recent years, it has been China's space programs that have most worried US strategists. China, whose space effort is run by the People's Liberation Army, today launches more rockets into space than any other country -- 39 last year, compared to 31 by the United States, 20 by Russia and eight by Europe. On Thursday it landed a space rover on the dark side of the Moon -- a first by any country -- and plans to build…