On July 30 China held a massive military parade at the Zhurihe military base in Inner Mongolia dedicated to the 90th anniversary of the PLA’s founding, with some 12,000 servicemen, 129 aircraft and 571 military vehicles taking part in the event.
During the parade the Chinese leadership displayed the most advanced military hardware at its disposal, including Type 99A main battle tanks, HJ-10 anti-tank missile systems, Shenyang J-16 strike fighters and Chengdu J-20 fifth-generation stealth fighter aircraft.
Beijing also presented its "carrier killer" – the DF-21D anti-ship medium range ballistic missile – and unveiled the new DF-31AG intercontinental ballistic missile that has a maximum range of over 10,000 kilometers.
The Chinese People’s Liberation Army was founded on August 1, 1927. And despite the fact that Chinese President Xi Jinping earlier announced his intention to reduce the number of his country’s military personnel by 300,000, the over 2-million-strong PLA still remains the world’s largest military force.