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As the Cold War settled into a deadly balancing act after the Korean Armistice, the Soviet Union's hostile opacity coupled with its sheer size and remoteness presented a terrific challenge to American military planners and intelligence agencies. One of the solutions came in the form of a surveillance satellite. How did that innovative space technology gain a second life mapping the moon?
Given the successes achieved under the "1992 Consensus," a construct that became the mechanism under which Taipei and Beijing conducted dialogue and negotiated agreements, it would be logical to assume that Beijing would seek its continuation. However, recent comments by Chinese President Xi Jinping, as well as articles appearing in official Chinese media, indicate that the Consensus no longer suffices.