AN­NIVER­SARY PA­RADE

Global Times US Edition - - OFFIELD -

China on Sun­day held a grand mil­i­tary pa­rade in Zhurihe, China’s big­gest mil­i­tary train­ing base, In­ner Mon­go­lia Au­ton­o­mous Re­gion, in the run up to the 90th found­ing an­niver­sary of the Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army.

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping, who is also gen­eral sec­re­tary of the Com­mu­nist Party of China Cen­tral Com­mit­tee and chair­man of the Cen­tral Mil­i­tary Com­mis­sion, re­viewed the for­ma­tions of sol­diers be­fore a dis­play of China’s state-of-the-art weaponry.

Un­like pre­vi­ous mil­i­tary pa­rades held in Bei­jing, where many of the par­tic­i­pants were honor guards, the 12,000 par­tic­i­pants of Sun­day’s event were all from com­bat brigades, from the PLA’s Army, Navy, Air Force, Rocket Force, Strate­gic Sup­port Force, Armed Po­lice, and other ser­vices.

For­mal­i­ties were kept to the min­i­mum to fo­cus on the PLA’s com­bat readi­ness.

99A tanks, Dongfeng-se­ries mis­siles and the J-20 stealth fighter plane were among the weaponry show­cased at the pa­rade, half of which were re­vealed in the pub­lic for the first time.

Ad­dress­ing the sol­diers, Xi said the fun­da­men­tal prin­ci­ple of the Party’s ab­so­lute lead­er­ship of the mil­i­tary must be up­held, and urged the PLA to en­hance mod­ern­iza­tion through re­form, tech­nol­ogy and the law.

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