China to stage massive military parade in Beijing

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Beijing hopes demonstration of military power will send loud message about China’s role in World War Two and its growing importance on the world stage

Chinese honour guards marching in China - military expenditure is falling except in China and Russia

Xi Jinping has ordered a massive display of military strength in early September Photo: REUTERS
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By Tom Phillips,Beijing

The Daily Telegraph

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Thousands of Chinese troops will goosestep through the heart of Beijing later this year as Xi Jinping uses the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two to send an unmistakable signal to the world – and his own people – about China’s growing might.

The Communist Party leader has ordered a massive display of military strength in early September and will invite top world leaders to the spectacle. People’s Liberation Army soldiers are already being secretly drilled on the outskirts of the capital, according to Reuters, while Vladimir Putin reportedly plans to attend.

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