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Don't be shy to flaunt peace-keeping arsenal

By Jasemin Sibo Ho ( Updated: 2015-09-03 16:01

Don't be shy to flaunt peace-keeping arsenal

Female soldiers of China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) march during the military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two, in Beijing, Sept 3, 2015. [Photo/]

At 7am I started to watch the V-Day parade on CCTV.

I was in awe when the delegates from different countries walked the red carpet before being warmly greeted by President Xi Jinping and his wife. It was such a monumental moment and the atmosphere and backdrop were a perfect reflection of what China is all about – 1,000 year old Chinese heritage (Forbidden City and her history), the power of a unified community (Tian'anmen Square was where Chairman Mao declared the CPC's victory), the color red signifying the PLA's might and the national flag (force for peace not war) and the international military troops performing their joint march.

China's message is clear - the Motherland seeks a global dream with her allies. China is not a threat and does not condone hegemony. China immediately backed her words by declaring that she will cut troops by 300,000. Action always speak louder than words.

Some doubters claim the parade was nothing but a display of might and weaponry. I see nothing wrong with the notion "If you have it, flaunt it." The real question is what will China use the weaponry and PLA for? Whether they be turned to good or evil lies in the masterminds behind them.

The rule of law never fails to point out to the relationship between action versus intention. If doubters claim China's intention is one that stems from ego and an exaggerated sense of patriotism, then this theory is in direct conflict with China's numerous actions of late - from devaluing the yuan to protect internal and external economies to injecting monetary investments in mega infrastructure projects from UK to ASEAN, and to sharing her national treasures from arts, philosophies and living geniuses to the world in the name of peace and harmony. China is one of if not the biggest paymaster in the world now. When China sneezes, the world catches a cold.

There will always be doubters and haters, pessimists and cynics. All I can say is China's actions will speak for themselves in time to come.

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