‘No force can shake this great nation’: President Xi leads spectacular ceremony to mark 70 years of Communist rule in China and unveils top-secret hypersonic DF-17 missile for the first time as unrest in Hong Kong overshadows the choreographed show

Tuesday, October 1, 2019
By Paul Martin

China held a huge parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic on Tuesday
Military display, featuring 15,000 troops, 160 aircraft and 580 pieces of equipment, was the first since 2015
Beijing used it as an opportunity to show off its new technology – including the Dongfeng 41 ICBM, which it claims can hit anywhere in the US within 30 minutes, and the DF-17 hypersonic missile
Military show followed by civilian parade involving 100,000 people and showcasing China’s economic might

1 October 2019

China showed off its military power and economic prowess during a parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic on Tuesday.

The display was presided over by Xi Jinping, wearing a grey jacket in echoes of Mao Zedong. Standing in an open-topped car, he watched the show from the Gate of Heavenly Peace, from where Mao proclaimed the founding of the modern nation in 1949.

The military parade was China’s first large-scale display of arms since 2015 and was used to showcase the leaps that its army – which has the second-largest budget in the world behind the US – has made since then.

Included in the display was a new intercontinental ballistic missile capable of hitting anywhere in America within 30 minutes, a hypersonic nuclear missile that is theoretically capable of evading all known missile defence systems, along with new stealth drones and aircraft.

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