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Communist China at 70

China unveils ICBM capable of reaching US with 10 warheads

Long-range and hypersonic missiles show strides toward parity with Washington

Military vehicles carrying DF-41 intercontinental ballistic missiles travel past Tiananmen Square during the military parade marking the 70th anniversary of People's Republic of China.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- China flaunted rapid advances in its weapons technology in a military parade marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic on Tuesday, demonstrating progress toward its goal of becoming a military superpower on par with the U.S.

Among the weaponry unveiled at the event -- one of the largest such parades in modern Chinese history -- was the Dongfeng-41, a nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile that can carry up to 10 independent nuclear warheads able to strike different targets, making it an exceedingly difficult threat to intercept.

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