90th Anniversary of the People’s Liberation Army

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PLA 90th Anniversary Chinese President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, reviews the armed forces as part of the commemorations to mark the 90th founding anniversary of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) at Zhurihe military training base in north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, July 30, 2017. (Xinhua/Li Tao)

The People’s Liberation Army–PLA–is among the world’s largest standing armies, and it’s taking on a greater role in international diplomacy while handling tensions on its land borders and sea disputes.

Marking the 90th founding anniversary of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), which falls on Aug. 1, a major exhibition was launched last Friday in Beijing, attracting people from all walks of life. Featuring major PLA battles, events and historic achievements, the exhibition contains models of the major PLA military equipment in active service, with over 1,000 photos and 1,300 relics and other items on display.

On the same day, President Xi Jinping and other senior leaders joined about 3,000 people to watch the gala at the Great Hall of the People. Through singing, dancing and chorus, the gala depicted the history of the PLA, from a small and vulnerable army to a large and strong military force.

On Sunday morning, President Xi reviewed the armed forces as part of the commemorations. More than 12,000 service personnel from the army, navy, air force, armed police as well as the newly formed rocket force and strategic support troops, took part in the parade at Zhurihe military training base.

Story by Xinhua


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