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Space arms race inevitable says Chinese commander

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Peter Foster
London Telegraph
Monday, Nov 2nd, 2009

An arms race in space is an “historical inevitability”, a senior Chinese air force commander has warned, marking an apparent shift in Beijing’s opposition to weaponising outer space.

China, which hopes to put a man on the moon by 2020, has long stated that it supported the peaceful uses of outer space and opposed the introduction of weapons there.

However Xu Qiliang, a senior Chinese air force commander, said it was imperative for the PLA air force to develop offensive and defensive operations in outer space.

“As far as the revolution in military affairs is concerned, the competition between military forces is moving towards outer space,” he told the People’s Liberation Army Daily in an interview to mark last month’s 60th Anniversary of Communist China, “this is a historical inevitability and a development that cannot be turned back.”

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