TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club(YJC)_Nearly 15,000 military personnel, more than 160 aircraft, and 580 pieces of weaponry and equipment were paraded in the Tienanmen Square in Beijing on Tuesday, as jubilant crowds cheered and waved Chinese flags and President Xi Jinping presided over the event.
Helicopters flew national flags across the sky and aircraft flew in formation to create a “70,” in honor of the 70th anniversary of the country’s founding.
The nuclear-capable DF-41 ICBM was paraded.
Also showcased were underwater vehicles — including what could be China’s first undersea drone — as well as a range of stealth drones and the giant JL-2 missile, the main weapon aboard China’s Jin-class fleet of nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines.
Addressing the event as he stood in Tiananmen Square — where chairman Mao Zedong declared the founding of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) on October 1, 1949 — President Xi said, “No force can shake the foundation of this great nation. Today, a socialist China is standing in front the world.”
Xi, who was dressed in a slate gray “Mao” suit and accompanied by his predecessors Hu Jintao and Jiang Zemin, said China’s military would resolutely safeguard the nation’s sovereignty, security, and development interests, and firmly uphold world peace.