China military parade to ‘surpass’ any previous display

  • Sutirtho Patranobis, Hindustan Times, Beijing
  • Updated: Aug 22, 2015 23:43 IST
Chinese paramilitary policemen march past military vehicles waiting to take part in rehearsals for the military parade. (AP Photo)

China will flaunt seven types of missiles including nuclear ones at the upcoming military parade on September 3, in an exhibition of weaponry that would “surpass” any similar displays before.

Around 84% of the armaments that would be exhibited during the parade will be publicly seen for the first time, state media reported.

The high-profile parade which will see 10 countries taking part in a military parade in China for the first time has been organised to mark Japan’s defeat in the World War II. Japan signed its formal surrender on September 2, 1945, and China celebrated its victory the following day. More than 12,000 soldiers from the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and war veterans from the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the Kuomintang have been practicing for the parade.

“There are 11 foot phalanxes, 27 armament phalanxes, ten echelon formations of aircraft and the two veteran teams,” state media reported.
The display of missiles – China’s strategic missile force, the Second Artillery Forces (SAC) – will include long-range, intermediate-range, and short-range missiles as well as conventional and nuclear missiles, an anonymous source told Xinhua.

“…the scale and number of the missiles will surpass any previous outing,” the report said.

“Our missile weaponry has seen great advances, in terms of firing range, strike methods, accuracy and mobility.”

Meanwhile, a thick blanket of security is being gradually spread across Beijing, a city of more than 20 million, which will be under a lockdown during the day of the parade. Transportation services including the subway system will be disrupted during the coming days.
Beijing is also attempting to clean up its notoriously polluted air for the parade like it did during the APEC conference in 2014.

The Ministry of Environment ordered Beijing and its six surrounding provincial regions to “swiftly take action” to ensure a sound environment during the events, its statement said on Friday.

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