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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Vietnam holds largest military display in years

Thousands of goose-stepping soldiers marched past the tomb of Vietnam's founding president Ho Chi Minh on Sunday for the country's largest military display in years.

The parade, part of a ceremony for the city of Hanoi's millennium celebrations, is a display of national pride that also sends a subtle message to Vietnam's giant neighbour China with the two sides in dispute over territory in the South China Sea, an analyst said.

A cross-section of society including workers, youth, ethnic and religious groups joined the parade, which officials said involved almost 40,000 people.

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