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China's President Xi Jinping (centre at rear) gestures as he delivers a speech behind Russia's President Vladimir Putin (right), South Korea's President Park Geun-hye (centre) and Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev (left)  during a military parade at Tiananmen Square in Beijing to mark the 70th anniversary of victory over Japan and the end of World War II. Photo: AFP

Xi Jinping says China will be guarantor of world peace as he downplays parade’s military muscle

China pledged to be a guarantor of postwar peace and order and downsize its armed forces during Thursday’s grand parade – downplaying concerns over how Beijing will apply its military muscle.

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INFOGRAPHIC: How China will rebuild its People's Liberation Army

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China is considering various proposals to overhaul the world’s biggest army, transforming it from a Soviet-era force into a Western-style power. Under one plan, the navy and the air force will have the same status as the army, and a national guard will replace the People’s Armed Police. Here, we look at that plan.

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