A rare display of China's military might
24 July 2012 Last updated at 21:10 BST
China's People's Liberation Army opened one of its bases to foreign media to showcase an elite helicopter unit.
The rare military display came as Beijing announced the creation of its newest city, Sansha, on a remote island in the South China Sea, a region where tensions have been rising over territorial disputes with neighbouring countries.
Tom Santorelli reports.