China Plans Largest-ever Military Parade

From AP:

China will stage its grandest-ever military parade this year with a spectacle of homemade weaponry to mark 60 years of communist rule and lift national pride amid a grim economic forecast, state media reported Wednesday.

Homemade weapons systems will be center stage during the Oct. 1 national day parade to show off the fruits of years of double-digit annual percentage military spending increases, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

China has long relied on Russia for advanced military hardware, but its own industries have in recent years notched breakthroughs such as the J-10 jet fighter and DF-31 intercontinental ballistic missile.

February 12, 2009 5:48 AM
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