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New Beijing Exhibit Promotes China's Army

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New Beijing Exhibit Promotes China's Army

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New Beijing Exhibit Promotes China's Army

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A new Chinese fighter-bomber is among the equipment on display at Beijing's Military Museum. i

A new Chinese fighter-bomber is among the equipment on display at Beijing's Military Museum. Anthony Kuhn, NPR hide caption

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A new Chinese fighter-bomber is among the equipment on display at Beijing's Military Museum.

A new Chinese fighter-bomber is among the equipment on display at Beijing's Military Museum.

Anthony Kuhn, NPR

The rapidly modernizing People's Liberation Army in China has put itself on display. A new exhibit at Beijing's Military Musem features high-tech weaponry, a heavy emphasis on outer space and young army women in uniform who pose with visitors.

The exhibit, which is drawing 50,000 visitors a day, marks next week's 80th anniversary of the army's founding.

Videos of new submarines and missiles highlight the Chinese military's shifting emphasis from fighting defensive wars on its own turf to projecting power beyond its borders.

The exhibit also reveals that the army sees the break-up of the country as a major security threat, implying that the Tiananmen Square massacre was justified.

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