Explainer: The philosophy behind 武 (wǔ)

As the People's Republic of China celebrates its 70th birthday with the largest military parade in decades, showcasing some of its most advanced weapons, people asked, "What does it mean when the country holds a military parade?" Is it a symbol of both Chinese fears and ambitions? If you understood how the Chinese define the character 武 (wǔ) and the spirit that lies in Chinese martial arts, you would realize that showcasing weapons is not about fighting – rather, it's about building character. Let's check out what the Chinese character "武 (wǔ)" means and what's the philosophy behind it.