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China displays military muscle on 60th anniversary


By: Daily.Pk

China on its 60th anniversary of its founding has displayed its military muscle but with a soft message of reassurance and continuation of reconciliation domestically as well across its frontiers.

It was an expression of resolve to continue the policies of the last three decades of reforms with an added commitment. Proud but self-possessed Chinese President Hu Jintao wearing socialist era’s Mao jacket said on Thursday that the Chinese people were confident and capable of building their own country and making due contribution to the world.

He was addressing briefly a grand and stimulated rally at the historic Tiananmen Square in the capital to mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. Chinese President Hu Jintao made his first appearance in a high-collared dark Mao suit in the Grand National ceremony.

China’s all-round matchless progress and prosperity was demonstrated through 60 floats and performances while the most sophisticated Chinese weapon systems, including the inter-ballistic nuclear missiles and multi-role fighter planes comparable with the planes of fifth generation, were shown to the world for the first time. The military and the masses parade were enthralling and impressive.

China will stick to an independent foreign policy of peace to promote lasting peace and common prosperity of the world, Chinese President Hu Jintao said. The Chinese president said that his country will pursue the path of peaceful development and cultivate friendly relations and cooperation with all countries on the basis of the Five Principles of Peaceful Co-existence, which are mutual respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity, mutual non-aggression, non-interference in each other’s internal affairs, equality and mutual benefits and peaceful co-existence.

“The development and progress of New China over the past 60 years fully proved that only socialism can save China and only reform and opening up can ensure the development of China, socialism and Marxism,” Hu said.

In his speech, which was televised live nationwide and throughout the world, Hu said the Chinese nation, which had a civilisation more than 5,000 years old, had entered a new era of development and progress since Chairman Mao Zedong pronounced the founding of the People’s Republic of China on the same day 60 years ago.

President Hu pledged efforts to strive for China’s complete reunification, calling it “the common aspiration of the Chinese nation.”

Former President Jiang Zemin and Hu’s top colleagues, the eight members of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, all dressed in Western-styled suits with bright-coloured ties were behind their incumbent president.

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