Beijing Celebrates 70th Anniversary of People’s Republic of China amid Hong Kong Protests

Celebrations Were Led by President Xi Jinping

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China commemorated 70 years of the founding of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) on Tuesday, October 1.

The celebrations were held at Tiananmen Square in Beijing and were led by President Xi Jinping.

The celebrations proceeded amid the continuing pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong which has seen thousands of demonstrators take to the streets for months in protest of mainland China’s autocratic rule.

While addressing the gathering, President Xi Jinping emphasized that China will remain unshaken by the ongoing tensions.

Over 15,000 military men and women paraded through the Tiananmen Square where 580 pieces of military equipment including the DF-41 – the country’s intercontinental ballistic missile were showcased.

Security was tightened in central Beijing weeks ahead of the celebrations with media and internet censorship being imposed.

The birth of the People’s Republic of China was declared on October 1, 1949, by Chairman Mao Zedong, after the National Party (Kuomintang) was defeated by the Communist Party of China.

The two parties had been fighting a civil war since the 1920’s.