Beijing : China showed off its newest military hardware and celebrated 70th anniversary of culmination of World war II at Beijing.Filling the skies and land alike with swarms of fighter jets and helicopters, and marching on the ground with a large foot soldier march, consisting of almost 12,000 troops, walking into the center of Beijing, China marked the 70th anniversary with its biggest ever display of military might.
Not letting the extravaganza just pass by, President Xi Jinping, the country’s most powerful leader in decades, said that China would remain committed to the path of peaceful development. Taking the world by surprise, Xi added on to annouce an unanticipated pledge of downsizing 300,000 troops from its 2.3-million strong military, saying ‘Prejudice and discrimination, hatred and war can only cause disaster and pain. China will always uphold the path of peaceful development’
Participants from across the globe swarmed to join this beastly display of power and might. Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Park Geun-hye of South Korea and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon were the highest-profile dignitaries to take their seats on a podium in Tiananmen Square, in the ancient heart of Beijing.
Hundreds of ballistic missiles, tanks, amphibious assault vehicles, drones and other military equipment paraded past the gathered leaders, veterans and guests. 200 fighter jets rocketed into the skies and 70,000 doves and balloons were released above Tiananmen Square, filling the skies with sheer power and celebration.
The whole event was accompanied by an army orchestra and a 2,400-strong massed choir that sang some 30 songs.