A national defense analyst says Beijing's recent military parade gave a "sobering" inside look at what the Chinese communists are doing with their military.
Tuesday's parade, given to commemorate the 70th anniversary of communist rule, included 15,000 troops, more than 160 aircrafts, and 580 pieces of military equipment.
"President Xi is beginning to act like Mao Zedong to a certain degree," says Bob Maginnis, a senior fellow for national security at the Family Research Council and author of Alliance of Evil. "The idea, the strategy is labeled 'China Dream,' and the China Dream basically means that by the hundredth anniversary of the communist Chinese regime ... they intend to be the world's dominate military as well as economic power."
He adds that some of the weapons systems on display should give pause.
"They had 14 Dongfeng-41 transporter erector launchers, that can launch missiles that can reach anywhere in the United States, on display," Maginnis notes. "They had 12 submarine-launched ballistic missiles that were on display. They had hypersonic glide vehicles."
The defense analyst concludes that this was a "boastful" and "sobering look inside what the Chinese communists are doing with their military today."