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China constructing a satellite tracking station in Argentine Patagonia

Friday, September 12th 2014 - 01:43 UTC
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A space tracking station for lunar exploration being built in Argentine Patagonia by China, as part of the strategic relation and accords between the two countries, has caused concern in the Argentine congress because of the secrecy surrounding the terms of the deal. Read full article


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  • hurricane

    well, well, well now it comes out why the Chinese are so “willing” to help ole goofy and the gang. They know that they are too stupid to see the real reasons as they are way too interested in staying in power like all good little socialists. It is really sad to see taught stupid run the show.

    Sep 12th, 2014 - 02:22 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • imoyaro

    To quote a line from Fallout New Vegas,“ Apocalypse predictors haven't been this excited since the war.” ;)

    Sep 12th, 2014 - 02:28 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • 4n conTroll

    Don't the Europeans and NorthAmoans have a huge radio telescope array in Malargue County?

    I think the Japanse have a small one in Western Salta.

    Big deal. All countries should install space tracking stations in Argentina. As long as it is tracking only extraterrestrial targets, I'm all for this foreign involvement in Argentina. The only one.

    Sep 12th, 2014 - 03:14 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • reality check

    Which side of your two faces are you expressing that opinion from!


    Sep 12th, 2014 - 04:33 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • imoyaro

    You know, I look forward to the day that Centaurs roam the plains of the southern and western provinces of Argentina. Not the symbolic bronze statues of Federalist resistance against Unitarian tyranny, but these... ;)

    Sep 12th, 2014 - 05:19 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • 4n conTroll

    Extraterrestrials and tracking extraterrestrial things is ok with me. What I don't want in Argentina is filthy, lying, criminal, and debauched foreigners.

    Sep 12th, 2014 - 05:37 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • imoyaro

    Then you better look into the terms of that 50 year lease. ;)

    Sep 12th, 2014 - 05:39 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • LEPRecon

    Now we see the true price Argentina has to pay in order to get money from the Chinese, and the really amusing part is that they still couldn't get dollars off them, only yuan which will be paid directly to Chinese companies (Argentina is actually getting nothing).

    Hey Tobias, did you miss the bit where it stated that this tracking system would be manned by Chinese only? Or the bit where it stated that it would be under Chinese law? Or the bit where the gendarmerie would control the 'borders'?

    In other words this tracking station, including the land it stands on, is Chinese soil.

    The 'foreigners' have already started invading Tobias! What ever shall you do?

    Sep 12th, 2014 - 06:00 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • imoyaro

    He'll Kowtow, of course! A man's gotta do what a man's gotta do... ;)

    Sep 12th, 2014 - 07:05 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • chronic

    8 lol.

    So rotting roadkill is actually getting a debit card redeemable only at Club Chinamart. And it's a small one at that. And it's only for use on certain purchases - sales and other discounts not applicable. All sales final.


    Sep 12th, 2014 - 07:26 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Captain Poppy

    #4 rc he has a serious need to prozac or the likes. I think his serotonin levels have never been in balance. On different days he/she is like a different person.

    From the Chin POV, this is a good way to monitor their new western province.

    Sep 12th, 2014 - 09:44 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • lsolde

    Argentina, you fools.
    What have you done?
    Once they dig in, you'll never get them out.
    How could you Argentines be so naive?

    Sep 12th, 2014 - 09:52 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Captain Poppy

    RG's do not care as they live for today and never plan tomorrow. That is why every 10 years they celebrate with a near death economy......but never fully revive. This time they capitulated to the chinese and they will be forever dominated and servile to them.

    Sep 12th, 2014 - 10:06 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    1, is this not china militarising the south Atlantic,
    2, is it at all possible that china can track British movements in the south Atlantic and pass it on the Argentinians.

    Sep 12th, 2014 - 11:25 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Anglotino

    Supposedly it is Australia that will be owned by the Chinese.

    Sep 12th, 2014 - 11:26 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • yankeeboy

    Its odd they are giving Embassy status to a commercial enterprise.
    Not a good precedent methinks.

    Funny you have 2 countries signing treaties, agreements, contracts that neither one intends to honor.
    Can't wait to see the outcome.

    Sep 12th, 2014 - 01:28 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • LEPRecon

    @14 Briton

    In answer: 1) Not really as it isn't 'technically' a military installation. 2) Yes they probably could, but what can the Argentines do about British movements anyway? Deploy the Libertad? Plus I think that the Chinese would make Argentina pay for any information that they would give. Knowledge is power after all. And it's obvious who holds the power here...the Chinese NOT Argentina.

    So after all his bleating about Argentine sovereignty and how he wishes the 'foreigners' would leave Argentina alone, I wonder how Tobias is taking this betrayal by his own government no less?

    Apart from an early (but unsuccessful) attempt to divert the thread we haven't heard much from him.

    Sep 12th, 2014 - 02:36 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    Perhaps he realises what the truth is, and is to embarrass to try to defend

    Sep 12th, 2014 - 06:31 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Englander

    The USA will already have the coordinates of this highly provocative target punched in.
    This demilitarised nuclear free zone isn't really convincing anybody.

    Sep 12th, 2014 - 06:42 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Captain Poppy

    Chances are we already have Sum Tin Wong's conversation to Yu Suk Kok and Hoo Flung Dung transcribed and know exactly what it is being utilized for. Sum Ting Wong most likely know this and informed his intelligence chief Mi So Dim....several times. At that point they were already under construction and could not change the plans. At any rate, The Yanks and Brits know more of what is in there than the RG's. Mi Hung Lo will not tell the RG's anything. Asslips Kirchner tried to get more info from Mi Long Dong.....but he just avoided the matter Mi Long Dong wanted nothing to do with Asslips.

    Sep 12th, 2014 - 07:07 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard2

    Foot in the door
    ... an ever increasing Chinese footprint across the South American landmass.
    I seem to remember the USA saying that The Americas was the USA's Sphere of Influence - Its 'Backdoor'.
    How times change!

    Satellites today looking upwards, monitoring stations for electronic tracking of everybody's communications tomorrow
    ... A bit like the 'Space' listening concession the UK affords the USA, but perhaps without the GCHQ bit atm.

    Sep 12th, 2014 - 08:13 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • 4n conTroll


    It never was the US's sphere of influence. That was just a wet dream of theirs.

    Only Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean perhaps.


    Why highly provocative?? You are delusional.

    The USA has FULL military bases 500 km from China and Russia, and that is NOT provocative?

    This is the kind of hypocrisy the world is tired of from the USA and Europe.

    You people have bases EVERYWHERE in other peoples' faces and that is not provocative. Other countries want to set up a space tracking station and that is provocative.

    Anyway, it's none of the USA's business.

    Sep 12th, 2014 - 09:27 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • yankeeboy

    The Chinese are bankrupting themselves overpaying for stuff nobody wants to buy with their own money.
    Give it a decade, this is merely the beginning of the decline of the New China.

    Sep 12th, 2014 - 09:53 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • 4n conTroll

    How can a country that has 2 trillion in reserves go bankrupt before a country that has 17 trillion in liabilities?


    Sep 12th, 2014 - 09:55 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • yankeeboy

    24. Easy.

    Sep 13th, 2014 - 12:31 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ilsen

    A dangerous preceded has been set now.

    Sep 13th, 2014 - 01:20 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pete Bog


    “What I don't want in Argentina is filthy, lying, criminal, and debauched foreigners”

    Yet this tracking station lets them in?

    Sep 13th, 2014 - 02:38 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Englander

    22 We are already well into the run up to WW3. The World has polarised and Argentina has chosen badly. During this phoney war period both sides will be accused of hypocrisy or in other words strategic manoeuvring. Don't buy a house in BA or near a Chinese Base.

    Sep 13th, 2014 - 03:46 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • imoyaro

    “Apocalypse predictors haven't been this excited since the war.” ;)

    Sep 13th, 2014 - 06:03 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Englander

    Yeah, even the Pope is at it.

    Sep 14th, 2014 - 09:41 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Captain Poppy

    #28 they did the same in WWII but not making a decision until (Spring 1945) it was obvious who won. Can someone tell the RG's that there is no biting in boxing?

    Sep 14th, 2014 - 02:04 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • 4n conTroll

    Argentina is not taking any sides. I'm more than happy to sit back and watch Euros and Arabs destroy each other, and Chinese and Americans do the same.

    And we won't be helping anyone with food this time either.

    Don't expect Argentina to help any of you or any side in any way.

    Sep 14th, 2014 - 02:56 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • yankeeboy

    32. You really have no clue on what's going on in your country do you?
    I'm beginging to think you've moved to Paraguay for a better opportunity.
    I hope so.
    Argentina is going to have trouble feeding itself if they don't stop this madness quickly. You won't have anything to spare for export.

    I will be very surprised if you don't see breadlines next year.
    Underwater farms can't grow wheat and you have no U$ to buy any.

    Sep 14th, 2014 - 03:30 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Englander

    If we are at War and need your food, we will take it, one way or another.

    Sep 14th, 2014 - 04:36 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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