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.
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.
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.