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    Soldiers of China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) raise a Chinese national flag during the military parade to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the foundation of the army at Zhurihe military training base in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China, July 30, 2017

    China Displays Advanced Weapons at Massive Military Parade (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

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    China demonstrated its most advanced military hardware, a stunning display of martial pride dedicated to the 90th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Liberation Army.

    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.

    • In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, military vehicles carrying missiles for both nuclear and conventional strikes are driven past the VIP stage during a military parade to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the founding of the People's Liberation Army at Zhurihe training base in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, Sunday, July 30, 2017
      In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, military vehicles carrying missiles for both nuclear and conventional strikes are driven past the VIP stage during a military parade to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the founding of the People's Liberation Army at Zhurihe training base in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, Sunday, July 30, 2017
      © AP Photo / Zha Chunming/Xinhua
    • Helicopters and armoured vehicles participate in the military parade to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the foundation of the China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) at Zhurihe military training base in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China, July 30, 2017
      Helicopters and armoured vehicles participate in the military parade to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the foundation of the China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) at Zhurihe military training base in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China, July 30, 2017
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    • Soldiers of China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) take part in a military parade to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the foundation of the army at the Zhurihe military training base in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China, July 30, 2017
      Soldiers of China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) take part in a military parade to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the foundation of the army at the Zhurihe military training base in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China, July 30, 2017
      © REUTERS / China Daily
    • Soldiers of China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) march during a military parade to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the foundation of the army at the Zhurihe military training base in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China July 30, 2017
      Soldiers of China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) march during a military parade to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the foundation of the army at the Zhurihe military training base in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China July 30, 2017
      © REUTERS / Xinhua
    • Soldiers of China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) take part in a military parade to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the foundation of the army at the Zhurihe military training base in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China July 30, 2017.
      Soldiers of China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) take part in a military parade to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the foundation of the army at the Zhurihe military training base in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China July 30, 2017.
      © REUTERS / Xinhua
    • Soldiers of China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) take part in a military parade to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the foundation of the army at the Zhurihe military training base in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China, July 30, 2017
      Soldiers of China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) take part in a military parade to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the foundation of the army at the Zhurihe military training base in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China, July 30, 2017
      © REUTERS / China Daily
    • In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) troops march past military vehicles Sunday, July 30, 2017 as they arrive for a military parade to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the founding of the PLA on Aug. 1 at Zhurihe training base in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region
      In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) troops march past military vehicles Sunday, July 30, 2017 as they arrive for a military parade to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the founding of the PLA on Aug. 1 at Zhurihe training base in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region
      © AP Photo / Zha Chunming/Xinhua
    • Soldiers of China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) take part in a military parade to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the foundation of the army at the Zhurihe military training base in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China, July 30, 2017
      Soldiers of China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) take part in a military parade to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the foundation of the army at the Zhurihe military training base in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China, July 30, 2017
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    © AP Photo / Zha Chunming/Xinhua
    In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, military vehicles carrying missiles for both nuclear and conventional strikes are driven past the VIP stage during a military parade to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the founding of the People's Liberation Army at Zhurihe training base in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, Sunday, July 30, 2017

    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.

    Chinese J-20 stealth fighter
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    Chinese J-20 stealth fighter

    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.

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