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Military Parade on China's 60th Anniversary

Beijing, Jan 5 (Prensa Latina) The People's Republic of China will mark its 60th anniversary with a military parade showcasing the the People's Liberation Army´s latest weapons.

Despite the importance and solemnity of the national event, extravagance will give way to solemnity and the money so saved will be diverted to reconstruction projects in earthquake-hit areas.

The website of the People's Daily, the official publication of the Communist Party of China, recalled that those parades take place every ten years, when the People's Republic of China celebrates a round anniversary.

President Mao Zedong announced the foundation of the People's Republic of China on October 1, 1949, during a speech at Tiananmen Square, in downtown Beijing.

Tang Xingming, of the Armed Forces' Academy of Military Sciences, said the parade would showcae China's economic and military power.

China last held a massive military parade on Oct 1, 1999, when it celebrated the 50th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.

PLA's Chief of General Staff Chen Bingde will be in charge of the preparations for the grand military parade, the report said.


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