Beijing: China has put the biggest display of its military might on Thursday to commemorate its victory over Japan in the World War II. Although the event was shunned by most of the world leaders it underscored Beijing’s growing confidence in its armed forces.
President Xi Jinping, speaking on a rostrum overlooking Beijing’s Tiananmen Square before the parade began, offered an unexpected olive branch by saying China would cut its troop levels by 300,000. That would streamline one of the world’s biggest militaries, currently around 2.3-million strong.
Among the weapons China will unveil for the first time is an anti-ship ballistic missile, the Dongfeng-21D, which is reportedly capable of destroying an aircraft carrier with one hit. Lined up in a side street were also several intercontinental ballistic missiles such as the DF-5B and the DF-31A as well as the DF-26 intermediate range ballistic missile (IRBM), dubbed the “Guam killer” in reference to a U.S. Pacific Ocean base.