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