China shows off ‘military might’ instead of ‘military parade’ on 90th Army Day
 Source : NewsBharati  Date : 30-Jul-2017

Beijing, July 30: China on Sunday shows off ‘military exercise’ instead of ‘military parade’ to mark the 90th anniversary of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) to fearing neighboring nations. On this occasion, Chinese President Xi Jinping said that his army has the ability to defeat all the enemies around the world. About 12,000 troops took part in the parade in which 129 aircraft and 571 pieces of equipment were on display.

 
China’s state-run xinhua news agency reported, Xi said “I firmly believe that our gallant military has both confidence and ability to defeat all invading enemies and made immortal feat to help the Chinese people stand up and prosper”. 
 
 
 
"The PLA should strictly follow the absolute leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and March to wherever the Party points to,” Xi said in his about ten minute addresses.

He also said China needs a strong Army more than ever, urging the building of PLA into a world-class military force. “The world is not all at peace, and peace must be safeguarded,” said Xi.

He urged the PLA to fully implement the CPC’s thoughts on building a strong military, follow the path of strengthening the Army with Chinese characteristics, strive for the CPC’s target on strengthening the PLA under the new circumstances, and build the heroic PLA into a world-class military.

 

The parade took place at Zhurihe Combined Tactics Training Base, 400 kilometres northwest of Beijing. It was the first time a top Chinese leader has inspected a parade at the training centre, known as China’s answer to the Fort Irwin National Training Centre of the United States.

Dongfeng missiles which include short, long and medium range of rockets, variety of armoury including light tanks, drones were also deployed. Helicopter-borne troops demonstrated in quick landing and taking combat positions.

 

The PLA, originally called the Chinese Workers' and Peasants' Red Army, was founded in 1927 when Communist soldiers seized the southern Jiangxi provincial town of Nanchang from Nationalist Party ("Kuomintang") armies in what is known today as the Nanchang uprising.