“No Force Can Shake Us”: Xi Says As Hypersonic Nuclear Missiles Unveiled At China’s Largest Ever Military Parade
“Patriotic passion” and “tears of joy” filled Beijing streets, writes Reuters, as China’s National Day military parade extravaganza wound up on Tuesday.
Though state media pundits have sought to assure the West it’s not at all about “flexing muscles, but showing military transparency,” it remains that citizens were handpicked by the government to merely stand on the sides of streets to watch phalanxes of tanks, armored vehicles, and the country’s newest high-tech aircraft roll by.
The Gongji-11 (GJ-11) stealth attack drone, via Global Times.
Perhaps there was some “patriotic passion” on proud display, and as state media dubiously touted as a day of “flags, songs, and sports” — but it remains, awkwardly, that as Reuters also points out—
Organizers last month said 30,000 Beijing residents were selected to view the parade itself.”
People’s Liberation Army soldiers during the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China parade, via Reuters.
To mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) a total of 15,000 troops marched, and over 160 aircraft and close to 600 pieces of military equipment were on display — and as Global Times noted, all military hardware featured was domestically made, with close to half of it reportedly never-before-seen.
Among them, the DF-17 ballistic missiles, which is touted as capable of circumventing US defense systems, also believed capable of striking the continental US within 30 minutes.
The DF-41 intercontinental ballistic missile on display, via the AP.
The DF-41 intercontinental ballistic missile is believed to have the longest range in the world and is Beijing’s newest hypersonic nuclear-capable missile.
China’s military has shown off a new hypersonic ballistic nuclear missile believed capable of breaching all existing anti-missile shields deployed by the United States and its allies.
Via Global Times
In his ceremonial remarks, President Xi Jinping confidently called for “complete unification” of the country and that nothing can stop the march of “socialist China’s” progress.
“Today, a socialist China is standing in the east of the world and there is no force that can shake the foundation of this great nation,” Xi told a crowd of as international reports noted carefully vetted guests. “No force can stop the Chinese people and the Chinese nation from forging ahead.”
Another new weapon featured included the submarine launchable JL-2 missile, which can provide “sea-based nuclear deterrence,” and a new generation anti-ship missile called YJ-18, according to state television CGTN.
Additionally, there were new HQ-9B surface-to-air missiles “capable of intercepting multiple air strike weapons in a complex electro-magnetic environment” on display.
It was also an opportunity for the PRC to celebrate its gender equality and “diversity” within the military ranks, apparently:
Regional media called it the biggest military parade in the nation’s history.
“The People’s Liberation Army [PLA] will serve its purpose in safeguarding the sovereignty, security and development interests of the country, and world peace,” he said, at a time when Beijing has expanded its military footprint globally, including with its first overseas military base in Djibouti.
Xi called on the Communist Party and the country to unite and continue to fight for the realization of what he called the “Chinese dream” – the nation’s rejuvenation. — SCMP
Xi further addressed the now months-long unrest and soaring tensions in Hong Kong, vowing that the central government uphold “one country, two systems”.
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam was among the guests in Beijing on Tuesday, via the AP.
Beijing would ensure the long-term stability of the semi-autonomous city, and additionally underscored the goal of “peaceful reunification” with self-ruling Taiwan, China’s president reassured.
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Meanwhile, on the streets of Hong Kong…
State media pundits took swipes at the nearby unrest and its “beautiful sight of democracy,” which included for the first time a baton wielding protester being shot at point-blank range by a police officer.
At least one mainland state media editor, perhaps overly giddy from the day’s celebrations, used the occasion to unleash a barrage of sarcasm and veiled threats on the world.
State media was also lockstep on China’s National Day in signalling HK citizens: “We need more than ever the solidarity of all Hong Kong people to work towards the same goal, seek common ground and accommodate differences,” one source quoted a Beijing official as saying.
The Dongfeng-41 (DF-41) is believed to be capable of traveling at 25 times the speed of sound to deliver up to 10 nuclear warheads to targets up to 9,400 miles away. These capabilities would represent a significant upgrade to the widely deployed Dongfeng-31 missile, which is a significant threat to the U.S. mainland in its own right.
If true, the US is loosing its military edge. While the pentagon is loosing trillions of dollars per decade, China is putting their money to good use, apparently. Perhaps it is time to start minding our own business and start taking care of our own country, and our own people. Bullying and sanctioning the whole world will not end well for us.
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Let me see if I have their economic model down:
Attract foreign investment for factories. Make the deal, then hit them with it comes at the cost of your technology secrets. The dumb **** foreign investor agrees. **** walks out the back door into a “Chinese” company. The Chinese company builds a competing product “because they improved it.” They use the sales and technology to build a state of the art military. They begin conquest of foreign lands.
You know who invented that “development” model you speak of? Yes, our “friends” the japanese, then our allies the Taiwanese and the Koreans also used it. The Chinese just copied how to copy. Now, do you think its worth it to go to war for such allies? Well, I mean, if you had to actually die in that war, would it be worth it?
Sound about right. Ask Germany about high speed rail sometime.