Some 12,000 troops file past President Xi Jinping in Beijing, along with formations of tanks and armoured vehicles as warplanes screamed overhead.
China showed off a new missile reportedly capable of destroying an aircraft carrier on Thursday as it flexed its military muscle with a huge parade marking 70 years since the defeat of Japan in World War Two.
The parade, which was shunned by most Western leaders, witnessed 12,000 troops file past President Xi Jinping, along with formations of tanks and armoured vehicles as warplanes screamed overhead.
The show of strength saw the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) unveil some of its newest hardware, including the DF-21D missile, which is labelled by state media as a “carrier killer”.
The weapon was described as a “trump card” by a commentator on state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV).
China also showed off a range of intercontinental ballistic missiles.
China has taken an increasingly assertive role on the global stage, and Beijing has become embroiled in a series of territorial disputes with its neighbours.
“By displaying so many new weapon systems and advocating the post-World War Two order, China is attempting to convey a message that it has risen, should be respected, and the ‘China Dream’ has been realised by the Communist Party,” military expert Arthur Ding told The Telegraph.
Kerry Brown, Professor of Chinese Politics and Director of the China Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, said the parade conveyed a message to a domestic audience.
“It is basically saying that China will never again be a victim, that it is now strong and confident, and can tell its neighbours who is really running the region and has the hard power assets to do this,” he said.
Full article: China shows off missile ‘able to destroy aircraft carriers’ at massive WW2 parade (The Telegraph)