Taiwan has marked its national day with a military parade for the first time in 16 years, in a show of strength apparently aimed at China. Fighter planes flew above the capital, Taipei, and 2,000 troops showed off military hardware through the city. President Chen Shui-bian used a speech to hit out at China’s “relentless military build-up”, labeling it as a threat to world peace. China regards Taiwan as a renegade province that should be reunified. (BBC)

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