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China puts on huge show of force at parade

7:52am BST - 01:19

China puts on massive military parade marking 70 years since the end of World War Two. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) China held its biggest display of military might in a parade to commemorate victory over Japan in World War Two, an event shunned by most Western leaders. China's confidence in its armed forces and growing military assertiveness, especially in the disputed South China Sea, has rattled the region and drawn criticism from Washington. Speaking before the parade President Xi Jinping said China would cut by 13 percent one of the world's biggest militaries, currently 2.3-million strong. He then descended to Beijing's main thoroughfare and inspected rows of troops, riding past them in a black limousine and bellowing repeatedly: "Hello comrades, hard-working comrades!" More than 12,000 soldiers, mostly Chinese but with contingents from Russia and elsewhere, then began marching down Changan Avenue, led by veterans of World War Two carried in vehicles. They were followed by ballistic missiles, tanks and armoured vehicles, many never seen in public before. Advanced fighter jets and bombers flew overhead in a highly-choreographed spectacle that lasted around 90 minutes.

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China puts on huge show of force at parade

7:52am BST - 01:19