While I have been skeptical of claims of an imminent US-China space race, others, like Mark Whittington, have not. However, a more important issue might be the perception of competition, Dwayne Day argues in a new article from The Space Review. Increased spending on civilian space activities, such as manned spaceflight, takes funding and other resources that could be used for other activities, notably military programs. This can even be accomplished without even the perception of competition, by instead engaging China in cooperative ventures. It’s a compelling argument, although one could counter that China could manage to fund both civilian space and military programs fully by taking money from other areas, although that too could have consequences.