China’s land-based DF-41 intercontinental ballistic missile will be among the military hardware on show on October 1. Photo: Reuters

China’s National Day parade to showcase advances in nuclear deterrence

  • Military experts say PLA modernisation brought about during Xi Jinping’s presidency will be the main focus of October 1 celebration in Beijing
  • It’s necessary for China to ‘show some of its muscle’ amid the trade dispute with the US, observer says
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China’s land-based DF-41 intercontinental ballistic missile will be among the military hardware on show on October 1. Photo: Reuters
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Chinese J-10 jets perform at the Dubai air show in 2017. Photo: AFP

Chinese fighter jets seen in skies over Beijing as preparations for National Day parade step up

  • October 1 event is intended to be a showcase for military’s progress under Xi Jinping, with J-20 stealth fighters set to take pride of place
  • Domestically developed weapons are main focus of event despite long-standing problems in building aircraft engines
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Chinese J-10 jets perform at the Dubai air show in 2017. Photo: AFP
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