3 September 2015

China shows off rising power in marking WWII defeat of Japan

Chinese army personnel stand as invited guests watch a military parade to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Beijing Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015.
With fighter jets roaring overhead, China's leader presided Thursday over a massive parade of tanks, missiles and troops that displayed growing military might, but also pledged to reduce the army by 300,000 troops in a bid to show that his country poses no expansionist threat.
The spectacle through the heart of Beijing commemorated Japan's World War II defeat seven decades ago, with helicopters zooming across the sky in an array forming the number 70, but the event also underlined President Xi Jinping's determination to make China the pre-eminent Asian power.