At the 60th anniversary of the Chinese Air Force, Global Times, a branch of the Chinese state news People’s Daily, published an article suggesting that the Air Force should have capabilities to take on a space war just like a nuclear one. The future new Air Force should be able to block a war four thousand miles away. Since China does not have overseas military bases and aircraft carriers, it is especially important that the Air Force has remote deterrent forces. Many powerful countries nowadays can start a war from space. China needs the capability to defend the land, just like nuclear capabilities.
Source: Global Times, November 12, 2009.