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PLA celebrates anniversary with new kit

31st July 2017 - 09:04 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Hong Kong


China celebrated the 90th anniversary of the formation of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) with a massive military parade at the Zhurihe Combined Tactics Training Centre in Inner Mongolia on 30 July.

The parade at the remote 1,066km² training area, located 400km northwest of Beijing, featured 12,000 personnel, 129 aircraft and 571 vehicles. It was held here rather than the streets of Beijing to show the PLA’s ‘combat capacity’, according to official commentary.

Chinese authorities claimed 40% of the equipment on display was being shown to the public for the first time – despite the fact that no members of

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Gordon Arthur


Gordon Arthur

Gordon Arthur was the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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