Naval Power on Show in South China Sea Marine Pa­rade

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Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping, who is also Chair­man of the Cen­tral Mil­i­tary Com­mis­sion of the Com­mu­nist Party of China, in­spected the Chi­nese navy in the South China Sea on April 12.

It was the largest Chi­nese marine pa­rade since the Peo­ple's Repub­lic of China was founded in 1949. Forty-eight war­ships, 76 war­planes and more than 10,000 soldiers and mil­i­tary of­fi­cers at­tended, dis­play­ing an ar­ray of mod­ern weapons and equip­ment, in­clud­ing bal­lis­tic mis­sile sub­marines, new-gen­er­a­tion at­tack sub­marines and the air­craft car­rier Liaon­ing.

Dis­tinct from the pre­vi­ous three marine pa­rades con­ducted in the Yel­low Sea, the most re­cent was held in the sen­si­tive South China Sea, which an­a­lysts said shows China's de­ter­mi­na­tion to pro­tect what it as­serts are its sov­er­eign rights in the area in the face of re­cent ac­tiv­ity from US fleets, in­clud­ing the USS Theodore Roo­sevelt Car­rier Strike Group, which has been ac­tive in the dis­puted wa­ters in re­cent months. Speaking to news por­tal The Pa­per, mar­itime ex­pert Zhang Xiaolin char­ac­ter­ized the pa­rade as a “mile­stone achieve­ment of the Chi­nese navy.”

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