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 Sunday.

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. “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.

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