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China flexes military muscle to mark 70 years of Communist rule

Updated : October 01, 2019 11:46 AM IST

China celebrated its growing power and confidence with a massive display of military hardware and goose-stepping troops in Beijing on Tuesday, overseen by President Xi Jinping who pledged peaceful development on the 70th birthday of Communist China.

The event is the country's most important of the year as China looks to project its assurance in the face of mounting challenges, including nearly four months of anti-government protests in Hong Kong and an economy-sapping trade war with the United States.

Soldiers of People's Liberation Army (PLA) march in formation past Tiananmen Square before a military parade marking the 70th founding anniversary of People's Republic of China, on its National Day in Beijing, China. REUTERS/Jason Lee
Soldiers of People's Liberation Army (PLA) march in formation past Tiananmen Square before a military parade marking the 70th founding anniversary of People's Republic of China, on its National Day in Beijing, China. REUTERS/Jason Lee
Chinese President Xi Jinping (4th R) and Politburo Standing Committee members (L-R) Wang Qishan, Zhao Leji, Wang Yang, Li Keqiang, Li Zhanshu, Wang Huning and Han Zheng attend a wreath-laying ceremony at the Monument to the People's Heroes in Tiananmen Square, marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
Chinese President Xi Jinping (4th R) and Politburo Standing Committee members (L-R) Wang Qishan, Zhao Leji, Wang Yang, Li Keqiang, Li Zhanshu, Wang Huning and Han Zheng attend a wreath-laying ceremony at the Monument to the People's Heroes in Tiananmen Square, marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
Soldiers march in Tiananmen Square before a wreath-laying ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
Soldiers march in Tiananmen Square before a wreath-laying ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
Chinese President Xi Jinping looks at the bas-relief at the Monument to the People's Heroes during a wreath-laying ceremony in Tiananmen Square. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
Chinese President Xi Jinping looks at the bas-relief at the Monument to the People's Heroes during a wreath-laying ceremony in Tiananmen Square. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
People take pictures in Tiananmen Square one day before a parade marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
People take pictures in Tiananmen Square one day before a parade marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
Soldiers of People's Liberation Army (PLA) march in formation past Tiananmen Square during a rehearsal before a military parade marking the 70th founding anniversary of People's Republic of China. REUTERS/Jason Lee
Soldiers of People's Liberation Army (PLA) march in formation past Tiananmen Square during a rehearsal before a military parade marking the 70th founding anniversary of People's Republic of China. REUTERS/Jason Lee
Soldiers of People's Liberation Army (PLA) march in formation past Tiananmen Square during a rehearsal before a military parade marking the 70th founding anniversary of People's Republic of China. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
Soldiers of People's Liberation Army (PLA) march in formation past Tiananmen Square during a rehearsal before a military parade marking the 70th founding anniversary of People's Republic of China. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
People wave Chinese flags before a military parade marking the 70th founding anniversary of People's Republic of China, on its National Day in Beijing. REUTERS/Jason Lee
People wave Chinese flags before a military parade marking the 70th founding anniversary of People's Republic of China, on its National Day in Beijing. REUTERS/Jason Lee
Pro-China supporters hold China national flags at Harbour City, during China's National Day in Hong Kong. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha
Pro-China supporters hold China national flags at Harbour City, during China's National Day in Hong Kong. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha
Performers travel past Tiananmen Square with a float showing Chinese President Xi Jinping during the parade marking the 70th founding anniversary of People's Republic of China, on its National Day in Beijing. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
Performers travel past Tiananmen Square with a float showing Chinese President Xi Jinping during the parade marking the 70th founding anniversary of People's Republic of China, on its National Day in Beijing. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
Published : October 01, 2019 11:45 AM IST
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