Published On: Wed, Oct 2nd, 2019

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President Xi Jinping oversaw a parade which showcased the advanced and devastatingly powerful Dongfeng 41. The DF-41, a nuclear-armed intercontinental ballistic missile that could reach the United States in 30 minutes, was on display earlier this week. And the fearsome weapon was described by the state-run Xinhua news agency as ‘s “most advanced and powerful deterrent”.

Speaking to the Financial Times, a retired People’s Liberation Army colonel, Yue Gang, claimed the weapon was a way of “containing” the US.

He said: “We want to use this big killer to contain America.

“Although we have no way to compete with you, we are now developing some unique equipment so that America does not dare to go first against us.”

The Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Washington says it may have the world’s longest-range at 9,400 miles, despite no details of the weapon being released.

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China unveiled a devastating ’big killer’ nuke (Image: GETTY)

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China’s DF-41 was on show at the parade (Image: GETTY)

Experts believe the DF-41, which travels at 25 times the speed of sound, might be able to reach the United States in 30 minutes.

The weapon, designed to evade missile defence systems, can separately deploy 10 warheads, a technology known as MIRV, or multiple independently targetable re-entry vehicles.

Nozomu Yoshitomi, a professor at Japan’s Nihon University and a retired major general of Japan’s Ground Self-Defence Force, said: “They have highly advanced capabilities and the range to reach the United States from mainland China.

“Also, this is probably the first time they have shown us JL-2 submarine-launched ballistic missiles in a parade.

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China’s parade celebrated the 70th anniversary of Communist rule (Image: GETTY)

We want to use this big killer to contain America

Yue Gang

“They don’t have the range to reach the United States from waters around China, but they demonstrate China’s second-strike capability.”

China’s current mainstay missile, the Dongfeng 31, has a range of more than 6,990 miles that puts most of the continental United States within reach.

During the parade, Beijing also showcased the vehicle-mounted Dong Feng 17, or DF-17.

The nuclear-capable glider is believed by foreign analysts to be capable of travelling at high speed to evade anti-missile defences.

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A number of weapons were on show at the parade (Image: GETTY)

President Xi

President Xi pictured at the parade (Image: GETTY)

It was reported that 15,000 soldiers marched at the parade, while The Ministry of National Defence claimed that 59 different elements of the armed forces were present, on top of the 580 pieces of military equipment rolling through the streets and 160 aircraft flying overhead.

The parade, which celebrated the 70th Anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China unveiled a catalogue of weaponry.

In a statement, President Xi said: “The military should resolutely safeguard China’s sovereignty, security, and development interests, and firmly uphold world peace.

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The United States and China’s military firepower revealed (Image: NC)

“No force can ever shake the status of China, or stop the Chinese people and nation from marching forward.”

At one stage, Xi, riding past troops in a black, open-roofed limousine, is reported to have shouted: “Hello comrades, hard-working comrades!”

In Washington, Randall Schriver, who leads Asia policy at the US Defence Department said the parade appeared to be largely in line with expectations.

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President Xi pictured at the parade (Image: GETTY)

He said: ”We’ll do the post-game analysis on it but I think it is in line with expectations.”

Both the US and China have been embroiled in an ongoing trade war with rising tariffs and increased barriers damaging both economies.

There is also tension in the South China Sea as the US looks to limit Beijing’s claims to various waters with the help of Australia and other allies in the region.

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