China military parade marks 90th anniversary of PLA

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BEIJING: China held a parade of its armed forces Sunday to mark the 90th anniversary of the People’s Liberation Army [PLA] in a display of military might.

6.Chinese military helicopters fly in a formation to make the number '90' during a military parade at the Zhurihe training base in China's northern Inner Mongolia region. PHOTO: AFP

Chinese military helicopters fly in a formation to make the number ’90’ during a military parade at the Zhurihe training base in China’s northern Inner Mongolia region. PHOTO: AFP

Since coming to power in 2012, President Xi Jinping has led efforts to modernise the PLA – still the world’s largest standing military – and to consolidate the ruling Communist Party’s control over the armed forces.

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1.Chinese J-20 stealth fighter jets fly past during a military parade at the Zhurihe training base in China's northern Inner Mongolia region. PHOTO: AFP

Chinese J-20 stealth fighter jets fly past during a military parade at the Zhurihe training base in China’s northern Inner Mongolia region. PHOTO: AFP

At the expansive Zhurihe training base in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous region, Xi, who has also trumpeted building a stronger, combat-ready army, appeared wearing a camouflage military suit.

He stood inside an open-top field jeep that drove past lines of troops for his inspection. “Comrades, you have worked hard,” he said, to which the troops responded: “We are serving the people!”

The Chinese flag is raised during a military parade at the Zhurihe training base in China's northern Inner Mongolia region. PHOTO: AFP

The Chinese flag is raised during a military parade at the Zhurihe training base in China’s northern Inner Mongolia region. PHOTO: AFP

China said in March it would raise its defence spending by around seven percent this year, the slowest annual percentage increase since 1991.

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Beijing is engaged in a decades-long build-up and modernisation of its once-backward armed forces, as it seeks military clout commensurate with its economic might and increasingly asserts its disputed territorial claims in Asian waters.

3.Chinese Type 99A tanks take part in a military parade at the Zhurihe training base in China's northern Inner Mongolia region. PHOTO: AFP

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Chinese Type 99A tanks take part in a military parade at the Zhurihe training base in China’s northern Inner Mongolia region. PHOTO: AFP

The PLA, originally called the Chinese Workers’ and Peasants’ Red Army, was founded in 1927 when Communist soldiers seized the southern Jiangxi provincial town of Nanchang from Nationalist Party [‘Kuomintang’] armies in what is known today as the Nanchang uprising.

2.Chinese soldiers march in a military parade at the Zhurihe training base in China's northern Inner Mongolia region. PHOTO: AFP

Chinese soldiers march in a military parade at the Zhurihe training base in China’s northern Inner Mongolia region. PHOTO: AFP

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