The head of China’s air force, General Xu Qiliang, has said the country has plans to build weapons in space, saying that it is a "historical inevitability," the South China Morning Post reported citing state media. Xu said it was "imperative" as the air force sees the country that controls space will have military dominance. Xu said the air force will also concentrate on regional stability and peace keeping operations. Military analysts take Xu’s comments as a sign that China is changing its military strategy from one of "passive defense" to "active defense." Historically, China was concerned with protecting its borders but Xu indicated that it is now willing to attack potential threats.
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