China shows off rising power marking WWII defeat of Japan

September 3, 2015 8:59 AM

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BEIJING — With fighter jets roaring overhead, China’s leader presided Thursday over a massive parade of tanks, missiles and troops that displayed growing military might, but also pledged to reduce the army by 300,000 troops in a bid to show his country poses no expansionist threat.

The spectacle through the heart of Beijing commemorated Japan’s World War II defeat seven decades ago, with helicopters zooming across the sky in an array forming the number 70, but the event also underlined President Xi Jinping’s determination to make China the pre-eminent Asian power.

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