Following the outbreak of the Korean War in June 1950, the US dispatched its Seventh Fleet to the Taiwan Straits, by force hindering China’s reunification and pushing the war to the Chinese-DPRK border which seriously threatened the national security of the New China.
On the eve of National Day 1950, the situation had become very serious. It became the most urgent mission of the people’s government to resist the US invasion, secure the newly established people's power and consolidate the national security. Faced with such serious challenges, would China’s National Day military parade run according to schedule? To the surprise of the international community, the Chinese government not only held a profound military parade successfully, but also took this opportunity to mobilize the whole Party, the whole army and the Chinese people.
Because the commanding institutions had already been established by that time, one characteristic of this National Day military parade was that the reviewed troops were from a variety of services which showed that the PLA had developed a variety of divisions.