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Scenes from China's extravagant military parade

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China held a military parade that was nothing less than extravagant, in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War 2 (WWII).

Hundreds of ballistic missiles, tanks, amphibious assault vehicles, drones and other military equipment were paraded past the gathered leaders, veterans and guests.

Despite the grand scale, each step had been devised with meticulous attention to political symbolism, reinforcing a message of national unity under the Communist Party.

Here are some of the images captured during the showcase of China's military might.

—By CNBC.com Staff
Posted 3 September 2015

Damir Sagolj | Reuters