Open Here, Closed There:

During the visit Marine Corps Gen. Peter Pace, JCS Chairman, paid to China recently, he asked on several occasions about Beijing’s antisatellite test but met a Great Wall of silence. Pace told Pentagon reporters last week: “I was very direct with them. I told them … it was difficult for the world to understand what China was doing with their antisatellite test. They had not announced it beforehand, they did not acknowledge it until significantly after they did it, and therefore the world was confused about what the intent was and what their policies toward space activity were. They did not answer that question. … There were certain things they were very open about, but they were not open about that.”