China Shows Off New Gear At Parade

A good parade distracts everyone from problems at home:

When China rolls out its latest armaments Thursday for a lavish parade commemorating the defeat of Japan in World War II, defence experts and foreign armies will be watching closely for any revelations about new military capabilities.

Fueled by booming defence spending, the People’s Liberation Army is expected to showcase breakthroughs in missile technology and military aircraft that reflect its increasing focus on projecting force beyond its borders, especially adjacent seas where it competes with neighbours for territory and resources.

The parade will feature more than 12,000 troops, upward of 200 planes and helicopters and around 500 pieces of equipment, including tanks, rocket launchers and missiles of all sizes and ranges. China says more than 80 per cent of the gear is being shown in public for the first time.

Of greatest interest are China’s strategic weapons: bombers and missiles capable of attacking targets thousands of kilometres away. That’s of particular concern to the U.S. and its allies in the region, especially Japan, with whom China has tussled over mineral rights and the ownership of uninhabited islands in the East China Sea.

China’s rising capabilities also expose the vulnerability of Taiwan, the self-governing island democracy that Beijing claims as its own territory and threatens to conquer by force if necessary.

  • BillyHW

    Donald Trump schools us on China:

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    The funny part is that the ChiComs essentially sat out WWII while the Chinese Nationalists did all the heavy lifting.
    It’s like America taking credit for and holding parades in honor of the Battle of Hastings.

    • Alain


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    • So they could save up their strength for invading and claiming Korea.

      Let’s give South Korea some nukes.

  • Maurixio Garciasanchez

    China will get the same coin as Russia one day .

  • ntt1

    Just a gut feeling but I believe China is a spent force. it rose rapidly on the back of massive expansion of its manufacturing but what happens if its stock market tanks? back to a resource based exporter and a vastly reduced economy.

  • Minicapt

    And then, on Friday morning begins one of my favourite games: “Who did they get that from?”