BEIJING, Sept. 5 (Xinhuanet) -- More than 100 media organizations from around the world covered China's military parade. CCTV reports on how the parade was covered in the US along with reactions from American officials.
Major American newspapers did send reporters to cover the military parade. While the story was not front page news in the US Press. It often led the world pages of major dailies. The LA Times, New York Times and Washington Post all focused on the big announcement from President Xi Jinping - that there would be 300,000 troops cut from the PLA ranks.
The Wall Street Journal focused on the new military hardware that had not yet been unveiled to the global public. That includes the DF-21D, the so-called carrier-killer. The US military is particularly concerned about that missile.
Chinese coverage of the military vehicles in the parade made a point to say that they were designed to protect Chinese maritime claims in the South China and East China Seas. This is of course a point of friction for China's neighbors who have competing claims in those areas. While the American military may not parade its military assets. It does test them -- not far from China.
Just last week around 2,000 US and South Korean soldiers conducted live fire drills, using more than 300 military assets. It was deemed the largest such drill since they began in 1977.
It's worth noting that China's military personnel will stand at around two million - even after the drawdown. Around 1.4 million people serve in the US military, when you also include the Coast Guard.