China has celebrated its 60th anniversary of communist domination with a huge show of military force, with a colourful parade of tanks, soldiers and even nuclear weapons rolling through central Beijing.
China’s premier Hu Jintao clung to empty Marxist rhetoric as he watched as 200,000 people and hundreds of military vehicles participate in the grand parade:
“The development and progress of New China over the past 60 years fully proved that only socialism can save China and only reform and opening up can ensure the development of China, socialism and Marxism.”
State media boasted of the sophistication of China’s latest military hardware, saying 52 new “indigenously developed” weapons were on display for the first time.
China insists its huge military buildup is peaceful in intent, but with the past 60 years having seen China attack Vietnam, Taiwan, Tibet, India, Russia and the UN in Korea, many wonder just what it intends to do with this vast arsenal.