Space Resources Exploration and Utilization 9
XI JEAIL 1 (2018)
& Yun Zhao
The US Space Resource Exploration and Utilization Act 2015 aroused heated
discussions. The international community has not yet reached consensus on the
application of the concept of “common heritage of mankind” in the Moon Agreement.
In accordance with the non-appropriation principle in the Outer Space Treaty, outer
space is not subject to national appropriation. However, there is a need to balance the
common interests of the international society and the interests of the States and private
entities which invest heavily in the space resource exploration. The unilateral approach
of the US by adopting a national law is not an ideal way to deal with space resource
exploration. As a major space-faring nation, China should take a proactive approach in
level, China should consider establishing an appropriate international regime for space
Space Resource, Common Heritage of Mankind, Principle of Non-
Appropriation, International Mechanism
∗ Corresponding Author. Assistant Researcher at the Institute of Social Sciences of East China University of Political Science
and Law. LL.B. & Ph.D. (ECUPL). ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0001-6389-9103. The author may be contacted
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Shanghai, P.R. China.
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Faculty of Law, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong.
The Aftermath of the US
Space Resource Exploration
and Utilization Act:
s Left for China?