China’s military parade to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Japan’s surrender to end World War II is rapidly approaching, and new details are emerging every day. In addition to the question of who will be marching in the parade – 10 countries, including Russia, Mongolia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Kazakhstan, will send troops to participate – the big question is what military technology will China display to the world on September 3.
On August 21, a Chinese military officer provided some details on that front. According to Qu Rui, deputy chief of the Operations Department of the General Staff Headquarters (and deputy director of the Office of the Parade Leading Team), 84 percent of the arms that will be displayed in the parade will be in their first public showcase. Qu said that all branches of the military – the People’s Liberation Army, Navy, Air Force and Second Artillery Corps, plus the People’s Armed Police – will debut new equipment, all of which is indigenously produced.