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Marching Forward
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  • President Xi Jinping, also General Secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and Chairman of the Central Military Commission, reviews troops (XINHUA)
  • Troops assemble for review (XINHUA)
  • A Marine Corps formation passes by the reviewing stand (XINHUA)
  • Nuclear missiles are reviewed (XINHUA)
  • Tanks lead the land operation troops (XINHUA)
  • Helicopters fly in a formation of the number 90, symbolizing the epic journey of the PLA over 90 years (XINHUA)
  • An echelon of J-20 stealth fighters flys over the parade ground (XINHUA)
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The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) China held a parade to mark its 90th founding anniversary in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region on July 30.  

More than 12,000 service personnel from the army, navy, air force, armed police, as well as the newly formed rocket force and strategic support troops, took part in the event at Zhurihe military training base.  

It is the first time that China has commemorated its Army Day with a military parade since the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949. 

As one of the world's largest military forces, the PLA now commands about 2 million service personnel.  

Copyedited by Chris Surtees 

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