Military: Training not related to ‘neighborhood situation’
Training in “realistic conditions” by thousands of Chinese troops before a massive parade on Sunday was “not related to the country’s neighborhood situation”, a military spokesman said.
Ren Guoqiang, spokesman for Ministry of National Defense, told a news conference that the training was arranged in accordance with the armed forces’ annual plan.
He did not elaborate on what was meant by “neighborhood situation”.
China held its first Army Day parade at Zhurihe Training Base in the Inner Mongolia autonomous region to com-
memorate the 90th anniversary of founding of the People’s Liberation Army.
Ren said the 12,000 troops participating in the parade were fresh from military training so they could show their battle spirit. Over 600 pieces of large equipment and 130 aircraft passed the review, nearly half of them for the first time, Ren said.
He said the parade broke with the formalities of ceremonial parades. No military bands, no public attendance, no grooming and no goose-stepping marches.
Soldiers quick-march during the parade marking the 90th birthday of the PLA at Zhurihe Training Base in the Inner Mongolia autonomous region on Sunday.