Official celebrations included a parade through Beijing’s Chang’an Avenue during the day and dancing at Tiananmen Square in the evening. Photo: Handout
Zhou Xin
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Zhou Xin

Among China’s masses: a personal reflection on celebrations at Tiananmen on October 1, 1999

  • China celebrated the 50th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic in 1999 at a critical time for the country
  • Zhou Xin, now an editor at the Post, looks back at his role as one of half a million participants who took part in the official parade

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Official celebrations included a parade through Beijing’s Chang’an Avenue during the day and dancing at Tiananmen Square in the evening. Photo: Handout
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President Xi Jinping inspects troops during a parade in 2015 to mark the defeat of Japan in World War II. Next week’s National Day event will be the biggest ever. Photo: Xinhua

China says National Day military parade ‘won’t disappoint’ in scale or advanced weapons

  • President Xi Jinping will inspect 15,000 troops, more than 160 aircraft and 580 active weapon systems during the event on October 1
  • Strategic nuclear missile systems – including the DF-41 ICBM – will appear at the end, according to insider
Topic |   China military

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President Xi Jinping inspects troops during a parade in 2015 to mark the defeat of Japan in World War II. Next week’s National Day event will be the biggest ever. Photo: Xinhua
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