Chinese President Xi Jinping opened celebrations on Tuesday to mark 70 years of Communist rule vowing that “no force” would be able to shake the country. A massive parade of troops and military hardware showcased Chinese muscle.
“There is no force that can shake the foundation of this great nation,” Xi told at the Tiananmen Square gate where Mao Zedong declared the People’s Republic of China in October 1949.
“No force will be able to stop the steady march forward of the Chinese people and Chinese nation.”
Authorities in Beijing have closed roads, banned the flying of kites, and even ordered pigeons to be caged amid tightened security for the invitation-only event to celebrate China’s journey over the past 70 years.
A hypersonic ballistic nuclear missile capable of breaching anti-missile defences to reach the United States – were rolled out across the tarmac.
Meanwhile, the projection of strength comes at a time when President Xi is facing tough challenges in maintaining economic and political stability at home.
The US-China trade war negotiations have dragged on for long, the swine fever ravaged the country’s pig supply, sending pork prices soaring. But the major headline is Hong Kong, where pro-democracy protesters plan to grab the spotlight from Beijing on Tuesday with their own rally against Beijing’s dictatorial rule.
Meanwhile, Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam left for Beijing on Monday to celebrate Communist China’s birthday on the mainland, where she joined Communist Party grandees and other guests watching an air display, 15,000 soldiers march across Tiananmen.
Source : Various