China's Air Force defensive in nature: general

13:35, November 05, 2009      

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By Zuo Xuan

An interview with a Chinese commander before the 60th anniversary of the People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) has raised a remarkably different interpretation between world media and military analysts.

The comments were made by PLAAF Commander Xu Qiliang and published Sunday by the official Xinhua News Agency.

Reuters quoted the commander as saying that China's Air Force will develop capabilities for offensive and defensive operations in space and that "only power could protect peace."

AFP quoted the part calling for the militarization of space a "historical inevitability" and commented that it "marked an apparent shift in Beijing's opposition to weaponizing outer space."

General Kevin Chilton, head of the Pentagon's Strategic Command, which coordinates US military operations in space, reportedly has expressed his "amazement" at China's advances in its space programs after learning of the general's comments.

He said that the US military would want to know "why they might want to go in that direction and what grounds might exist to accommodate a different direction."

"I think what we have all come to understand is that space is a competitive domain," Chilton said. "We're going to have to address these issues and these concepts, and I think it's better we do them through ... a forum that provides an open dialogue between our nations than to do them without that dialogue."

Chinese-US military relations took a step forward last month with a visit to the United States by Xu Caihou, vice chairman of the Central Military Commission, resuming the military-to-military dialogue suspended by a Taiwan arms-sale issue in late 2008.

Source:Global Times

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