Xi Jinping spoke at a large-scale parade designed as a show of strength and featuring 12,000 troops and about 700 armoured vehicles, missiles and aircraft.
|The military parade featured 12,000 troops|
As he inspected personnel and hardware, he hailed each formation by shouting "Comrades, you've worked hard!"
China has the world's largest military and the parade marked the 90th anniversary of the creation of the People's Liberation Army (PLA).
|Chinese J-20 stealth fighter jets fly past during the parade|
Several H-6K bombers, the long-range aircraft recently involved in exercises near Japan and the South China Sea, flew overhead.
|Members of China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) take part in the event|
Since coming to power in 2012, Xi Jinping has pushed for a stronger combat-ready military, while leading efforts to centralise the Communist Party's control over it.
|President Xi Jinping attended the parade|
"Today we are closer than ever before to the goal of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation, and - more than any other time in history - we need to build a strong people's military.
"I believe that our heroic army has the confidence and capability to defeat all invading enemies."
|China has insisted its growing military is a force for stability and peace but critics have questioned this|