November 03, 2009
An historical inevitability
Senior Chinese air force commander Xu Qiliang claims it is "imperative" for the PLA air force to develop offensive and defensive capabilities for outer space. Which is both alarming and extremely cool.
Put it this way, no matter the rest it is a relief to me to hear someone who believes in technological progress, a patriotic spirit and the necessity to preserve civilization.
Superiority in outer space can give a nation control over war zones both on land and at sea, while also offering a strategic advantage, Xu said, noting that such dominance was necessary to safeguard the nation.
"Only power can protect peace," the 59-year-old commander added.
Posted by Ghost of a flea at November 3, 2009 08:43 AM
One might almost think you are hoping for a Pax Sinarum, Flea.
Let's say I almost am. It is certainly a better prospect than several obvious alternatives. Numbering among said alternatives, I am sorry to say, is the vampirized Frankfurt School husk of Western civilization. I will take a robust, prideful China over what is left of us (though fingers crossed we haven't entirely lost the plot).
I'm still hoping for a Pax Indicus myself...