Date
20 September 2017
PLA soldiers rehearse for a military parade that will be held next month in Beijing next month to commemorate China's victory over Japan during World War Two, Photo: Reuters
PLA soldiers rehearse for a military parade that will be held next month in Beijing next month to commemorate China's victory over Japan during World War Two, Photo: Reuters

China to display new weapons in Sept 3 military parade

The Chinese military will put on show new weapons and equipment during a military parade that will be held next month in Beijing to mark 70 years of Japan’s defeat in World War Two.

In the Victory Day parade on Sept. 3, which will see the participation of troops from more than ten foreign nations, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) will showcase China’s military modernization and innovation, state news agency Xinhua reported.

The armaments on display will include the army’s newest helicopter gunships and battle tanks as well as intermediate-range conventional and strategic ballistic missiles from the Second Artillery Force, it said.

The navy will show off its latest anti-ship missiles, ship-to-air missiles and carrier-based aircraft, while the air force will bring long-range bombers, fighters and airborne early warning and control aircraft, according to the report.

 

“The new domestically produced weaponry to be shown in the Victory Day parade will demonstrate the military’s modernization and innovation in China,” Ge Lide, an expert on military equipment with PLA National Defense University, was quoted as saying.

 

“The Navy’s new carrier-based aircraft, a symbol of China’s growing naval power, will be one of the highlights in this year’s Victory Day parade,” Ge said.

 

The Victory Day military parade is the first in China to mark an anniversary of the end of World War Two and the first to include foreign military participation.

 

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