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In pictures: Taiwan military parade

Taiwan soldiers chant slogans during the national day ceremony in Taipei, 10 October 2007

Taiwan has held a military parade on its national day for the first time in 16 years.

2,000 troops showed off military material during the national day ceremony in Taipei, 10 October 2007

Taipei stopped military parades in 1991 in efforts to improve relations with China and prove its transition to democracy.

Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian claps during the national day ceremony in Taipei

In a speech to the parade President Chen Shui-bian criticised what he called China's "relentless military build-up" and insisted Taiwan would continue its efforts to join the UN.

Taiwanese soldiers, clad in camouflage uniforms and armed with US-made Javelin anti-tank missiles stand atop a military vehicle during the military parade in Taipei, 10 October 2007

Correspondents said the parade was meant as a show of strength aimed at deterring any possible Chinese attack.

A Taiwanese military vehicle loading a Hsiung-feng III ship-to-ship missile

Taiwan unveiled two domestically-developed missiles during the parade - one a ship-to-ship model, the other an anti-tactical ballistic missile.

A Taiwan-made Tien-kung III ship-to-ship missile displayed in Taipei

The Hsiung-feng III and Tien-kung III missiles were on display, although another model said to be able to reach Chinese mainland did not appear.

A woman shouts slogans against Taiwan's President Chen Shui-bian during the national day celebrations in Taipei, 10 October 2007

Mr Chen wants to hold a referendum on Taiwan joining the UN in March, when presidential elections are scheduled.

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