China is preparing to show off its growing military power and could unveil a nuclear-capable missile that could reach the US in 30 minutes in a parade on the occasion of 70 years of Communist Party rule
- World support for China's military parade with a rocket capable of carrying a nuclear charge
- The People & # 39; s Liberation Army is & # 39; s the world's largest army with 2 million men and women in uniform
- Rehearsals are in progress while ceremonies take place on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the People's Republic
- The army is working on fighter aircraft, the first aircraft carrier built in China, and nuclear submarines
The Chinese army is preparing to hold a parade next week that offers a rare glimpse of its rapidly developing arsenal.
It is expected that more than 15,000 troops and nearly 600 military equipment will perform in the parade, as well as 160 aircraft.
This can even be a rocket that can carry a nuclear charge and reach the United States within 30 minutes.
Chinese female soldiers are pictured above during a general rehearsal for the parade. The People & # 39; s Liberation Army is & # 39; s the world's largest army with 2 million men and women in uniform
The Dongfeng 41 is one of a series of new weapons that, according to Chinese media, would be revealed during the parade on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the ruling Communist Party.
The People & # 39; s Liberation Army is & # 39; the world's largest army with 2 million men and women in uniform and has the second highest annual spending after the United States.
The army is also supposed to work on nuclear submarines. The ability to project power is becoming increasingly important for Chinese leaders who want to control shipping lanes and waters, also claimed by Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, the Philippines and other governments.
Students are shown waving Chinese flags to celebrate the anniversary of the People's Republic. Ceremonies are held throughout the country, but the military parade on Tuesday offers a rare glimpse of the rapidly developing arsenal
The current mainstay of China, the Dongfeng 31, has a range of more than 11,200 kilometers (6,990 miles), bringing most of the continental United States within reach.
Photos distributed on Chinese social media from parade preparations show blurry images of a possible attack drone named & # 39; Sharp Sword & # 39; and another drone, the DR-8 or Wuzhen 8.
Siemon Wezeman from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute said, "There are quite a few observers, including the US Army, who say," This is close to what we do, "and they start to worry.
The parade could also give more subtle signs of China's plans, Wezeman said.
It is expected that more than 15,000 troops and nearly 600 military equipment will perform in the parade, as well as 160 aircraft. Students in the eastern Jiangsu province in Yangzhou, China are depicted as a giant & # 39; 70 & # 39; on the occasion of the anniversary of the People's Republic
Air tankers or marines in amphibious vehicles can & # 39; indicate the importance of long-range intervention & # 39 ;, he said.
Analysts want to know more about Chinese software, electronics, and wireless control networks, Wezeman said.
China has around 280 nuclear warheads, compared to 6,450 for the United States and 6,850 for Russia, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.
Beijing says it's a & # 39; minimal credible nuclear deterrent & # 39; but will not be the first to use nuclear weapons in a conflict.
A float depicted with the emblem of the Chinese People's Liberation Army is pictured above just a few days before the parade starts on Tuesday
Chinese President Xi Jinping poses with veteran soldier Li Yannian. The former soldier received the Medal of the Republic yesterday
China has around 280 nuclear warheads, compared to 6,450 for the United States and 6,850 for Russia, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. Streets are decorated with flags, above, for the parade
The People's Liberation Army has the second highest annual release of any army after the United States. Chinese soldiers are depicted practicing their march for the parade next week
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