Beijing hosted a large military gathering and parade in Tiananmen Square to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.
Following a flag-raising ceremony, President Xi Jinping addressed the nation, saluting the country's achievements for seven decades and spoke optimistically about China's future.
"The Chinese people have managed to get up and embark on a great journey of national rejuvenation," he said.
No force can stop the Chinese people and the Chinese nation from moving forward.
To open the parade, 56 guns – each representing one of China's official ethnic minority groups – were fired 70 times per piece to mark the anniversary.
Bands marched patriotic hymns as President Xi walked down Chang'an Avenue in Beijing in a limousine, with columns of troops, tanks, and other nearby military vehicles chanting slogans.
After the troops showed off their equipment, it was time for the air force to assemble their things, with combat jets flying in impressive formations and flag-covered helicopters making an appearance.
Celebrated annually on October 1, China National Day marks the founding of the communist government after the end of the Chinese Civil War in 1949. Although smaller events and festivals are generally held across the country to commemorate the event, the last major parade for marking the holiday took place in 2009, for the 60th anniversary of the PRC.
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