China celebrates 70th anniversary of Communist Party rule with military parade in Beijing

China celebrates 70th anniversary of Communist Party rule with military parade in Beijing


Today, October 1st, marks the 70th anniversary
of the founding of China’s Communist Party and Beijing is celebrating with fireworks
and more importantly its biggest military parade yet. But it seems to be just Beijing that is celebrating,…as
Hong Kong protesters are still crying for greater democracy and freedom. Our Kim Da-mi with the details. Beijing is throwing a huge celebration to
commemorate seven decades of Communist power. Various events from citizen parades to fireworks
are expected to keep the festive mode,… but the highlight is the massive military
parade through central Beijing and Tiananmen Square. In front of officials, select members of the
public, and 188 military attaches from 97 countries, China is showing off more than
160 aircraft and 580 pieces of weaponry and equipment. And all eyes are on Dongfeng-41, the country’s
newest and the most powerful nuclear missile. The ‘super-nuke’ is said to have the furthest
range of any nuclear missile and could reach the U.S. within just 30 minutes. In fact, the Chinese Foreign Ministry has
confirmed that the latest weapon is designed to target the U.S. These commemorative events are seen as part
of President Xi’s efforts to solidify his absolute power amid prolonged trade tensions
with the U.S. and the ongoing unrest in Hong Kong. While highlighting the current one country,
two systems policy, the Chinese leader said Beijing must continue to complete the reunification
of the country. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un sent a letter
to President Xi, congratulating Beijing and promising to stay strong and thrive through
socialism. Meanwhile, there will be another mass march
on Tuesday afternoon in central Hong Kong, which will be staunchly against China. Despite police in Hong Kong banning demonstrations,
pro-democracy protesters have pledged to hit the streets en masse, clad in all black. Several demonstrators who chanted pro-democracy
slogans in Wan Chai on Tuesday morning have already been arrested. The traditional fireworks show in Hong Kong
has been cancelled,… but Beijing’s special day will last as “A day of Grief” in Hong
Kong. KIM Da-mi, Arirang News.

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