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China’s People Liberation Army Eyes Future In Space And Air Says Xu Qiliang Air Force Commander

China will develop an air force with integrated capabilities for both
offensive and defensive operations in space as well as in air, the
People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force Commander Xu Qiliang said
 Xu Qiliang, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force Commander, gestures during an interview.  
 Calling militarization in the space and in air “a threat to the
mankind,” Xu said China must develop a strong force in the two arenas in
order to face challenges of that threat.

The PLA air force would improve its detection and early warning, air
striking, anti-missile air defense, strategic delivery capabilities in
order to effectively protect China’s interests and help maintain
regional and world peace, Xu said.

Xu meanwhile stressed that the PLA air force was peace-oriented.

“The Chinese people is a peace-loving people, and China is a responsible
developing country which upholds a national defense policy that is
defensive in nature,” he said.

A powerful PLA air force would protect China’s sovereignty, safety and
territorial integrity, and would play a major part in maintaining
regional stability and world peace, he said.

“The PLA air force will pose no threat to any other country,” Xu said.

This year marks the 60th founding anniversary of the People’s Republic
of China. Its naval force was founded on April 23, 1949, and its air
force on Nov. 11 that year.

Previous report said the PLA air force would put its most advanced
warplanes on display in the suburbs of Beijing in November, to mark its
60th founding anniversary.

All the aircraft to be exhibited, including Kongjing-2000 Airborne Early
Warning and Control (AEWC) aircraft, J-11 fighters,H-6 bomber jets, and
HQ-9 surface-to-air missiles, were made by China.

Most of them were already included in the aircraft fly past during the
National Day military parade on Oct. 1 this year in Beijing.

In addition to aircraft display, an international military forum themed
“harmonious skies” would also be held in Beijing later this month.

More than 300 senior air force officers from China and more than 30
other countries are expected to attend the forum to mark the PLA air
force’s 60th anniversary

“The PLA air force will continue to deepen exchanges and cooperation
with its foreign counterparts on an opener, more transparent, confident
and practical basis,” said Xu Qiliang.

“Only power could protect peace,” the 59-year-old air force commander
said in an interview with Xinhua, 10 days ahead of 60th anniversary of
the founding of the PLA air force.

Superiority in space and in air would mean, to a certain extent, superiority over the land and the oceans, Xu said.

“As the air force of a peace-loving country, we must forge our swords and shields in order to protect peace,” he said.

According to Xu, not only major air force powers in the world were
currently eyeing space and air superiority, some developing countries
were also changing their military strategies to gain upper ground in the
two arenas.

A country without adequate power would have no say when faced with
challenges posed by the militarization in the space and air, he said.