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China celebrates National Day, flaunts DF-41 Missile
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China celebrates National Day, flaunts DF-41 Missile

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The world got a glimpse of China's newest and most advanced defense technology, as a mass military pageant rolled through Beijing on China National Day.

Chinese President Xi Jinping kicked off a parade marking 70 years of Communist rule in China. In his inaugural speech Xi said that No force can stop China's progress. "There is no force that can shake the foundation of this great nation," he said. Standing in Beijing's Tiananmen Square, where Mao Zedong declared the founding of the PRC on October 1, 1949, Xi added: "Today a socialist China is standing in front the world."

After inspecting troops along Chang'an Avenue, Xi presided over a massive military parade showing off some of the world's most advanced weaponry. Trucks carrying weapons including a nuclear-capable missile designed to evade U.S. defenses rumbled through Beijing on Tuesday. One highlight of the parade was the first public appearance of the the DF-41 intercontinental ballistic missile which has the power to hit even US.

About 15,000 personnel, more than 160 aircraft and 580 pieces of weaponry and equipment were involved. Key among those was drone technology -- of which Beijing boasts some of the world's best -- and advanced missile systems.

Helicopters flew national flags across the sky and aircraft flew in formation to create a "70," in honor of the 70th anniversary. However the grand effect was spoiled somewhat by high levels of smog -- according to the World Air Quality Index, the AQI in the Chinese capital is 159 today, "unhealthy" on the international scale.

One highlight of the parade was the first public appearance of the the DF-41 intercontinental ballistic missile, said Carnegie Tsinghua Center senior fellow and military analyst Tong Zhao. The DF-41 ballistic missile has the power to hit even US. Much of the pre-event hype had focused on the weapon, thought to be the mainstay of the People's Liberation Army Rocket Forces (PLARF) arsenal and, by some estimations, the most powerful missile on the planet.