China displays 'world's longest-range military missile' in show of strength marking 70 years of Communist rule

Chinese military vehicles carrying DF-17 missiles parade through Beijing on Tuesday (Picture: AP)

China has displayed new nuclear missiles in a show of military strength to mark 70 years of Communist rule.

In a parade in Beijing to mark seven decades since the founding of Communist China, two new nuclear missiles were on display.

One, the Dongfeng-41, is believed to have a range of up to 9,400 miles, which would make it the world’s longest-range military missile.

Analysts say it could carry as many as 10 warheads to hit different targets.

China also displayed the DF-17, a new hypersonic ballistic nuclear missile believed to be capable of breaching all existing anti-missile shields deployed by the US and its allies.

Military vehicles carrying DF-41 intercontinental ballistic missiles drive past Tiananmen Square during the military parade marking the 70th founding anniversary of the People's Republic of China (Picture: Reuters)

Some analysts have called the missile a threat to regional stability because its speed allows far less time to determine whether to fire nuclear weapons in response.

That speed and its use of multiple independently manoeuvrable re-entry vehicles to deliver its warheads makes it far more difficult to detect and intercept.

The DF-17's hypersonic glide vehicle technology also permits it to fly at a much lower altitude just prior to delivering its warhead, further frustrating attempts to detect and intercept.

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The military show of strength came as a pro-democracy protester was shot in fierce clashes with police during the latest violence in Hong Kong.

An official said the protester was shot when an officer opened fire with his revolver in the Tsuen Wan area. It is the first time a protester has been shot, in an escalation of the months-long unrest that has rocked the city.

A video of the incident, shot by the City University Student Union and shared on social media, shows a dozen black-clad protesters hurling objects at a group of riot police pursuing them.

One officer, who was surrounded, drew his revolver and pointed it at the group. He fired and one protester collapsed on the street while others fled.

The DF-17 nuclear missile is reportedly capable of breaching anti-missile shields (Picture: AP)

Local media reported that police fired live bullets in the Tsuen Wan area, injuring a protester.

Riot police fired multiple volleys of tear gas in at least six locations and used water cannons in the business district of the semi-autonomous Chinese territory as protesters turned streets into battlefields to spoil the October 1 anniversary of Communist rule.

A security clampdown to thwart violence that would embarrass Chinese President Xi Jinping failed to deter the protests, including a massive march in the city centre.

Organisers said at least 100,000 people marched along a broad city thoroughfare in defiance of a police ban, chanting anti-China slogans and some carrying Chinese flags defaced with a black cross.

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