Emphasising the mighty power of China, President Xi Jinping said on the 70th anniversary of the People's Republic of China on Tuesday that there was no force that could shake the foundation of that great nation, China.
Standing in Beijing's Tiananmen Square Xi added: "Today a socialist China is standing in front the world. No force can stop the Chinese people and the Chinese nation forging ahead". His speech was welcomed by thousands of Chinese crowds with cheering and waving Chinese flags.
Xi pointedly brought up Hong Kong, where anti-government protests have been raging for more than three months, saying that China must remain "committed to the strategy of peaceful reinforcement of one country two systems," the framework that governs the semi-autonomous Chinese territory.
"We will maintain long-term stability of Hong Kong and Macao, the development of cross-strait relations, and continue to strive for the complete unification of the country," Xi said.
Hours after Xi's speech, several roads in Hong Kong's Causeway Bay were blocked as thousands of people joined an unauthorized protest march.