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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.

"The PLA air force must establish in a timely manner the concepts of space security, space interests and space development," Mr Xu added, "We must build an outer space force that conforms with the needs of our nation's development (and) the demands of the development of the space age."

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.

Posted by: Varenius [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 3, 2009 01:55 PM

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).

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 3, 2009 04:17 PM

I'm still hoping for a Pax Indicus myself...

Posted by: dpatten [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 3, 2009 05:43 PM