The expert reportedly said the moon base could be used as a "deadly weapon" capable of launching missiles against any target on Earth, Want China Times and The Nation are reporting. The People's Liberation Army (PLA) have played a significant role in the Chinese space effort. However, this is a most unusual report.
Chinese space officials speaking on the record, and from multiple sources, have clearly indicated a peaceful intent for their lunar project. There has been a significant public interest in the geology and mineral wealth on the moon, as opposed to any military design for an offensive strategic missile base.
There has been no indication that China plans to give notice to withdraw from the landmark international law first adopted in 1967.