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Thursday, 11 July, 2002, 10:20 GMT 11:20 UK
China's military on parade
China has given a rare insight into its huge military machine, showing more than 100 foreign journalists two military bases south east of the capital, Beijing.

The People's Liberation Army, the world's largest standing army, is being forced to modernise and make its troops more professional.

Chinese mechanic with the Peoples Liberation Army's 24th Air Division
The event was carefully choreographed

Soldiers from the Peoples Liberation Army's 196 Brigade (AP photo)
There was a mixture of showmanship and formality...

Chinese soldiers of the Peoples Liberation Army┐s 196 Brigade camp
... and even a glimpse of daily camp life

Chinese soldiers exercise at the Peoples Liberation Army┐s 196 Brigade camp
Equipment and training methods were on display

Chinese mechanics with the Peoples Liberation Army┐s 24 Air Division
It was the biggest such visit in years

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