- Title: China in dilemma over show of military might to mark 70 anniversary
- Date: 24th September 2019
- Summary: BEIJING, CHINA (SEPTEMBER 24, 2019) (REUTERS) CHINESE MILITARY OFFICIALS STANDING AND SALUTING AT THE PRESS CENTER FOR THE CELEBRATION OF THE 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF FOUNDING OF THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA MEDIA (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) DEPUTY DIRECTOR GENERAL OF THE OPERATION BUREAU OF THE JOINT STAFF DEPARTMENT, THE CENTRAL MILITARY COMMISSION (CMC), CAI ZHIJUN, SAYING: "There will be 59 formations and joint military band with 15,000 personnel. 160 planes and 580 sets of equipment are taking part in the parade, which will be the biggest military parade in recent years." MEDIA (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) CHINESE DEFENCE MINISTRY SPOKESPERSON, WU QIAN, SAYING: "In the course of the development and growth of the Chinese military, there were always certain people and forces who 'liked to hype things up untruthfully' about the country's military. In their heads they have an extremely strange logic: if the Chinese armed forces show off arms and equipment then it's a 'show of force', and if they don't then they lack transparency. I think the best way to deal with this logic is to do your own thing steadfastly." MEDIA (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) CHINESE DEFENCE MINISTRY SPOKESPERSON, WU QIAN, SAYING: "This parade is the first National Day parade after stepping into the new era of socialism with Chinese characteristics, and also the first overall appearance of the People's Army after comprehensive reforms and reconstruction. At that time, 188 military officers from 97 countries will be invited to watch the parade. The National Day parade did not invite foreign military groups to take part or foreign military leaders to watch in China." NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS
- Embargoed: 8th October 2019 11:50
- Keywords: China anniversary parade general military 70 years anniversary national day
- Location: BEIJING, CHINA
- City: BEIJING, CHINA
- Country: China
- Topics: Government/Politics
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- Story Text:China's military said on Tuesday (September 24) it was caught in a dilemma over showcasing its military might at next week's parade in Beijing to mark 70th anniversary.
Senior Chinese military officers said if they displayed new weapons at next week's huge military parade in Beijing it would be seen as a "show of force", and if they didn't then they would be blamed for a lack of transparency.
President Xi Jinping will oversee a massive parade of the armed forces through central Beijing on October 1 to mark 70 years since the establishment of Communist China, with state media promising that new missiles, aircraft and drones will be shown.
Chinese Defence Ministry spokesman Wu Qian, speaking at a news conference about the parade, said there were always certain people and forces who "liked to hype things up untruthfully" about the country's military.
Around 15,000 personnel and more than 160 aircraft are taking part and the parade will last around 80 minutes, added Cai Zhijun, another senior officer helping oversee the parade preparations.
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