Anniversary parade has peaceful intent, says Global Times

Show of might: Military vehicles carrying DF-41 ICBM participating in a military parade at Tiananmen Square to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. —AFP

BEIJING: Beijing’s grand celebrations to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), that included a display of China’s most advanced military equipment, carried “a peace intent”, said Global Times in its editorial.

The parade at Tiananmen Square in Beijing on Oct 1 also showed the unity of the Chinese people, the state-owned news portal added.

For the outside world watching China closely, the most unnerving part of the military parade was the first-time display of military hardware such as 16 DF-41 ICBM, as it showed how advanced China is in nuclear defence.

“The celebration has showcased the extraordinary image of China in the new era.

“China is a united and cohesive country with outstanding organisational ability. Such a spectacle is a super project and tests the comprehensive capabilities of the country,” said Global Times, whose editorials are often taken as official views. It said: “This year is unusual. In view of the ongoing trade war that has lasted over a year and a half and continuous riots in Hong Kong, some external forces want to make China a subject of ridicule.

“However, Chinese society hasn’t divided but has become more united. The unprecedented grand celebrations have brought more joy to the Chinese people.

“It will further boost the confidence of the people and pale the voices of some external forces.”

The news portal opined China has become stronger in national defence capabilities, as its DF-41 has been in full service.

Western analysts generally believe that DF-41 is a multiple-warhead-capable, solid-fuel and road-mobile ICBM with a range long enough to hit any target on Earth. It’s an advanced nuclear strike force.

Global Times said DF-41 and the JL-2 will raise China’s nuclear deterrent capabilities to a new level, and this progress in China’s defence capabilities, along with its technological and economic strength, was “something expected of a major power”.

Calling this a balanced development, Global Times wrote: “A strong military is conducive to deterring external forces”.

But it addressed concerns China might threaten world peace. It said: “China cherishes peace. The grand military parade is meant to enhance military transparency, not to flex muscles or coerce.

“Military hardware including DF-41 haven’t been unveiled publicly until they are already in service. The restraint is rare in the world.

“It is worth mentioning that all the nuclear weapons displayed by China will not be used in pre-emptive strategic strikes, or to threaten non-nuclear nations.”

China is the only nuclear power that declares no-first-use nuclear policy. This firm policy will be applied to all of China’s nuclear weapons, said Global Times.

“The military parade in the morning and grand gala in the evening show China’s new image, which we believe will bring positive energy and influence to a complicated world.”

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