Sunday, November 08, 2009
Chinese President Hu Cools 'Star Wars' Talk
Chinese President Hu Jintao said his nation supported the peaceful use of outer space Friday, days after his air force commander sparked concerns by saying an arms race in space was inevitable and one day after the Chinese foreign ministry also said China wanted peace in space, AFP reports from the Xinhua news agency.
"China will unswervingly uphold a national defence policy that is defensive in nature, and will never seek military expansion and an arms race," Xinhua news agency quoted Hu as telling visiting foreign air force delegations. "China will ... support the peaceful development of outer space and actively participate in cooperation on global space security."
President Hu Jintao appeared to seek to cool the 'Star Wars'-like rhetoric by the air force commander, Xu Qiliang, who told the state press that it was imperative for China's air force to develop offensive and defensive operations in outer space.