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China shows off ‘aircraft carrier-killer’ missiles at parade as Xi announces troop cuts in the name of peace

Over a dozen long-range missiles, said to be “aircraft carrier-killers” by state media, were on display at Thursday morning’s huge military parade in Beijing.

DF-21D

Photo: CCTV.

The DF-21D intermediate-range anti-ship ballistic missiles rolled through the capital’s Tiananmen Square as part of a World War II “Victory Day” commemoration.

china military parade

Photo: HKFP.

Analysts believe the weapons have the capacity to target US aircraft carriers in the Pacific.

beijing parade

Photo: HKFP.

Before the parade, President Xi Jinping announced troop cuts of 300,000 in the name of peace.

China has long been striving to reform the People’s Liberation Army and reduce superfluous personnel.

MIssles

Photo: CCTV.

Other missiles on display included the 4,000 range “Guam killer” DF-26 missile, and the DF-41, an intercontinental missile capable of carrying multiple warheads.

See the HKFP live blog.

China shows off 'aircraft carrier-killer' missiles at parade as Xi announces troop cuts in the name of peace