A quick review now of some of the equipment and troops taking part in Thursday's parade.
The military parade and march-past performance will include 12 thousand soldiers and hundreds of pieces of equipment, which will form 11 formations on the ground, 10 air echelons, 27 equipment formations, a military band and a chorus.
More than 100 war veterans who fought with Communist and Kuomintang units will also take part. They now have an average age of 90 and the oldest is 102.
The parade will also display 40 different kinds of equipment in active service, and more than 20 diferent kinds of aircraft. They are all made in China, and 84 percent of them will be shown to the public for the first time.
It will be China's first military parade that includes foreign troops...Russia and Kazakhstan among other countries will send troops or representatives to participate in the parade.