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.