China celebrated its 70th anniversary of the Communist rule on Tuesday with a massive military parade, showcasing its most advanced weapons, including nuclear and hypersonic missiles, amid mounting political and economic challenges.
The official ceremonies began on Monday with the President, Mr. Xi Jinping , paying his respects to the founder of the ruling Communist Party of China Mao Zedong's embalmed body in Beijing.
Mr. Xi, accompanied by six other members of the CPC's Standing Committee, visited Mao's mausoleum in the heart of the power centre, the Tiananmen Square. They bowed three times in front of his statue.
Later, addressing a reception at the Great Hall of the People to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic, Mr. Xi, 66, said over the past 70 years, the Chinese people under the leadership of the ruling CPC had successfully blazed a path of socialism with Chinese characteristics and advanced socialism with Chinese characteristics into a new era.
Hailing these remarkable achievements, Mr. Xi said absolute poverty, a problem that has plagued the Chinese nation for thousands of years, was coming to an end. 'The Chinese nation has achieved a tremendous transformation. It has stood up, grown rich and is becoming strong. It is embracing the brilliant prospects of rejuvenation,' he said.
Unity is an important guarantee for the Chinese people and the Chinese nation to overcome all the risks and challenges on the path forward and to achieve new victories, Mr. Xi said.
'We should hold high the banner of peace, development, cooperation and win-win, follow a path of peaceful development, adhere to opening up, and work with people from all other countries to build a community with a shared future for humanity, making the sunlight of peace and development shine brightly all over the globe,' he noted.
'The Chinese people and Chinese nation that made the great accomplishments over the 70 years will surely compose new and more beautiful chapters of the times in their journey to reach the two centenary goals and realise the Chinese Dream of national rejuvenation,' Mr. Xi said.
The main event of the celebrations of the day was the largest parade held by the Chinese military.