China embraces new era of building strong military as grand parade staged

A grand military parade, as part of the National Day celebrations, was staged in Beijing Tuesday to showcase China's achievements in building a modern and strong national defense and armed forces over the past decades. The parade marked the first overall public appearance of China's armed forces after a massive reform over recent years. All the armaments presented in the parade were made in China. Forty percent of the weaponry, including Dongfeng-41 intercontinental strategic nuclear missiles, Dongfeng-17 conventional missiles, H-6N long-range strategic bombers, J-20 stealth fighter jets and new-type combat drones, were unveiled for the first time.

Around 15,000 military officers and soldiers, more than 160 aircraft and 580 sets of equipment, presented in 15 foot formations, 32 armament formations and 12 air echelons, were reviewed in the parade.

The formations of Army, Navy, Air Force, Rocket Force, Strategic Support Force and Joint Logistic Support Force of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) and the People's Armed Police Force showed up successively, presenting the brand-new appearance of China's armed forces, The parade shows the enhanced capability of joint combat," said Cheng Junping, an officer from the 77th Group Army. ...............

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