2017 PLA Day Parade

The 2017 PLA Day parade was a military parade at Zhurihe Training Base in Inner Mongolia, on 1 August 2017 to celebrate the 90th anniversary of founding of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) and the Nanchang uprising that caused its founding.[1] The parade was the first one to be held outside of Beijing since 1981 and the only one to date to only include military equipment and no marchpast. It also was the first organized event to be held on 1 August, which is PLA Day in China.[2] Central Military Commission (CMC) Chairman and Party General Secretary Xi Jinping inspected the troops while CMC vice chairman Fan Changlong was the parade's master of ceremonies and General Han Weiguo of the Central Theater Command was parade commander. 12,000 troops participated in the parade dressed up in combat garb instead of the usual Type 07 full dress uniform. According to the Minister of National Defense, this was done to replicate troops in a "dust-covered battlefield atmosphere".[3][4]

A key cause for controversy was the fact that during the parade when the CPC Flag was paraded ahead of the Flag of China. Voice of America pointed out that this violated Article 15 of the Law of the Flag of China.[5] Network commentators in China saw this an inappropriate move.[6]


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  3. ^ Martina, Michael; Blanchard, Ben (July 29, 2017). Coghill, Kim; Holmes, Sam (eds.). "China's Xi calls for building elite forces during massive military parade". Reuters.
  4. ^ Mollman, Steve. "China's big military parade featured an understated but key element: dust". Quartz. Retrieved 2021-10-12.
  5. ^ 丁力. "中国阅兵中党旗先于国旗,网民批违反国旗法". 美国之音 (in Chinese). Retrieved 2019-10-14.
  6. ^ 黎阳. "黎阳:朱日和大阅兵之际,法律小丑玩弄《国旗法》". 察网. Retrieved 2019-10-14.

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