China asks US for satellite downing data

China called on the US to release data on the shooting down of an ailing spy satellite, while the Communist Party's newspaper blasted what it called Washington's callous attitude toward the militarization of space. China registered its objections well before the satellite's destruction by a missile launched from a Navy cruiser on Wednesday, which likely accounted for the mild response Thursday from the Foreign Ministry. "China is continuously following closely the possible harm caused by the US action to outer space security and relevant countries," spokesman Liu Jianchao said at a regularly scheduled news conference. "China requests the US ... provide to the international community necessary information and relevant data in a timely and prompt way," Liu said.