The guard of honor formation marches in front of Tian’anmen Square in Beijing on Oct 1. XINHUA
The grand military parade and celebrations held in Beijing on Oct 1 for the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) were a visual feast for many people both at home and abroad.
China staged a grand military parade in the morning, showcasing the remarkable progress made by the Chinese armed forces in recent years. About 15,000 officers and soldiers from the People’s Liberation Army, People’s Armed Police Force, reserve services and militia took part in the 80-minute parade in front of Tian’anmen Square.
Then, a mass pageant showcasing China’s historical achievements and the nation’s great rejuvenation was held. It was seen as a lesson on Chinese history and how far the nation has progressed. The mass pageant, themed “Jointly Building the Chinese Dream”, lasted 65 minutes and was divided into five major parts, each dedicated to celebrating China’s past and current leaders from Mao Zedong to Xi Jinping.
In the evening, a grand gala took place in Tian’anmen Square. The epic display of songs, dances and fireworks celebrated the nation and its people.
President Xi extended warm National Day congratulations to Chinese people of all ethnic groups and all compatriots at home and abroad.
Standing on the Tian’anmen Rostrum in Beijing, where chairman Mao Zedong announced the founding of the PRC on Oct 1, 1949, Xi recalled the revolutionary forefathers and martyrs for their deeds for national independence and liberation, as well as a stronger and more prosperous country and the people’s well-being. He rolled out a road map for the country to realize the Chinese dream of national rejuvenation.
He called for constant efforts to meet the people’s aspirations for a better life and to keep making historic achievements.
The grand military parade and celebrations have been hailed by overseas audiences as awe-inspiring and sparking a sense of pride.
Naghmana Hashmi, Pakistan’s ambassador to China, said the military parade was a sight to behold.
“It is a sign of a patriotic and proud nation that celebrates its milestones with so much excellence, pride and vigor. I have no doubt that the Chinese leadership, with the support of Chinese people, will continue to steer the country toward the fulfillment of the Chinese dream,” she said.
Chea Munyrith, director of the Confucius Institute of the Royal Academy of Cambodia, said that the mass pageant showcased the arduous efforts the Chinese people have made over the past 70 years.
“Facts have proved that China’s growth can benefit global growth, and China’s reform and opening-up is being positively felt in many other places in the world,” he said.