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China's National Day weaponry hits too close to home for US

Parade shows off military modernization aided, in part, by the West

China wants to "use this big killer to contain America," a retired People's Liberation Army colonel said. (Photo by Ken Kobayashi)

HONG KONG -- The show-stopping piece of technology on display in Beijing this week had -- despite its enormous size -- remained hidden from public view for years. Its existence had first been officially acknowledged back in 2014 in a cryptic mention on a provincial environmental website.

But there was nothing cryptic about the Dongfeng-41 missile that rumbled through the streets of Beijing on China's National Day. It was the centerpiece of the country's biggest ever military parade to celebrate the 70th anniversary of communist rule.

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