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Monday, 24 July 2017



The PLA was founded on 1 August 1927 when the Communist Party of China (CPC) under the leadership of Mao Zedong carried on with his national liberation movement. Photo: AFP

            China's PLA will hold war games instead of a usual military parade to showcase its military might on the world's largest standing force's 90th anniversary next week, a media report said on Monday.  Presidnt Xi Jinping, who is also the overall commander of the 2.3 million strong army has ordered war games over military parade to mark the 90th anniversary of the founding of the PLA ofn first august, Hong Kong based South China Morning Post reported.
             Xi is expected to attend the drills in full battle uniform, it said.  He will be the special guest at China's biggest annual war games at Asia's largest military training base, the Post quoted officials as saying.  President Xi will make his first known visit to the Zhurihe combined tactics training base, 400 km northwest of Beijing in Inner Mongolia, to oserve war games involving cyberwargare, special troops, army aviation and electronic countermeasures, the daily said quoting PLA officials.
            There had been speculation the anniversary would be marked by a parade in Beijing, byt Xi, who as chairman of the Central military commission, has been pushing the PLA to modernise, will instead be the guest of honour at Zhurihe to see how that effort is progressing, it said.
            There will not be a military parade on Tiananmen Square in Beijing on 1 August as rumoured, but a full scale, head to head military manoeuver in Zurihe to celebrate the army's birthday, a military insider told the post, adding that Xi would observe the war games from the base's command centre.  He said a squadron of China's first stealth fighter, the J 20 which went into service with the PLA Air Force in march, was very likely to feature.
           All participant units will grab this opportunity to show off state of the art development he said.  The full scale  military operations will test the PLA's capavility to integrate and coordinate land force, army aviation, the newly established rocket force, strategic supprt units and logistics between different troops, with more hitech weapons being displayed. the officials has said.
          The military games comes during a biggest military stand off with India after the 1962 war in which China proclaims victory.

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