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Pomp and circumstance in Beijing: The Chinese military flexes its muscles

September 2, 2015, Philippe Le Corre

About 12,000 troops will parade through Tiananmen Square in Beijing tomorrow. While the parade is ostensibly celebrating the 70th anniversary of Japan’s surrender to the allies in World War II, the purpose is really to display its modernized weaponry ahead of several key international visits by President Xi Jinping. For Western leaders, the parade has proven a diplomatic nightmare.

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