A 300,000 troop reduction announced by President Xi Jinping on Thursday would be basically completed by the end of 2017 and further reforms of the world’s largest armed forces were on the way, the Defence Ministry said.
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A murmur ran through the crowd when two huge screens along Changan Avenue showed Russian President Vladimir Putin walking down the red carpet.
“Putin the Great, finally,” a reporter jokingly said as the crowd was muffled by the whir of camera shutters.