China’s PLA: New Weapons, New Approaches

China’s PLA: New Weapons, New Approaches
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For Henry Boyd and Meia Nouwens, China's 2019 national day parade placed the military within a broader context, highlighting the importance of leveraging both military and civilian talent to progress towards becoming a military that can fight and win wars.

China's 2019 national day parade, held in Beijing on 1 October to mark the 70th anniversary of the People's Republic, was the first public outing of several new weapons platforms and systems. Historically, China is believed to have only paraded systems that had begun to be delivered to the People's Liberation Army (PLA), so these new systems have understandably generated quite a lot of interest – and some over-excitement – among Chinese and international observers of the PLA.

Given that many of the armoured vehicles and aircraft displayed had already been showcased in official Chinese media, and at previous parades or public events, the Rocket Force's ballistic and cruise missiles, as well as the Air Force's uninhabited aerial vehicles, have attracted the most attention.

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