Making robots dance: The most whimsical demonstration was this cadet showing off his robots dancing to George Michael's ballad "Careless Whisper".
The world's largest military force offers outsiders a glimpse of its whimsical side, but continues to shield its true power.
In what is seen as an attempt to assuage worries about its growing military might, China cracks open the door on its secretive armed forces on July 22 during Beijing’s annual trip for foreign reporters to a Chinese military base — complete with smiling soldiers, dancing robots and even George Michael's Careless Whisper.
This year, journalists were taken to an engineering academy in Beijing’s southwestern suburbs, where its officers went to great lengths to put a non-threatening face on the world’s largest military force, with more than 2.2 million active personnel and another 2 million in reserve. In comparison, the US army — the world’s second largest — has 1.3 million active and 850,000 personnel.