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China’s National Day parade: public barred from celebrations

A lockdown is beginning in China‘s capital ahead of tomorrow’s 60th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic.

Hundreds of thousands will take part in massive parades by civilians and the military, who have been drilled so thoroughly that soldiers are only permitted to blink once every 40 seconds. A dazzling half-hour firework display, using 300,000 shells, will surpass even the pyrotechnic splendour of last year’s Olympics, organisers promise.

As tanks roll through the heart of the city, and fighter planes zoom overhead, the People’s Liberation Army will reveal 52 new types of weapon, including its latest nuclear missiles – all made in China.

But while 30,000 carefully selected guests will gather in Tiananmen Square, where Chairman Mao proclaimed the creation of the new China in 1949, millions of the city’s inhabitants have been advised to stay at home.

Read original article @ Guardian

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