China’s Military Advances Take Center Stage at the 70th Anniversary Parade

Chinese military vehicles carry DF-17 ballistic missiles during a parade to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of Communist China, in Beijing, Oct. 1, 2019 (AP photo by Mark Schiefelbein).
Chinese military vehicles carry DF-17 ballistic missiles during a parade to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of Communist China, in Beijing, Oct. 1, 2019 (AP photo by Mark Schiefelbein).

The People’s Republic of China marked the 70th anniversary of its founding Oct. 1 with an extravagant celebration in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. The military parade that headlined the event served as a reminder to domestic and foreign audiences of the ruling Communist Party’s durable grasp on power, while also providing yet another opportunity for China to flaunt the rapid and remarkable growth of its military capabilities. Chinese military parades are intended to demonstrate China’s military prowess and technological advances under the Communist Party. While this message is intended primarily for domestic consumption, over the past decade China has increasingly used […]

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