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China Celebrates 60th Anniversary of Bloody Communist Takeover
China flexes military strength with parade through the heart of Beijing to demonstrate the country's rising global influence, despite protests denouncing China's human rights record during 60 years of communist rule.

60 Years of Communism

Oct. 1: China staged its biggest-ever parade of military hardware with over 100,000 marching masses in a display that stirred patriotism, and some unease.

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60 Years of Communism

Oct. 1: Chinese People's Liberation Army missile carrier trucks drive past the Tiananmen Square during a military parade marking China's 60th anniversary in Beijing.

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60 Years of Communism

Oct. 1: Chinese military jets fly over Tiananmen Square during a military parade to mark the 60th China anniversary in Beijing.

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60 Years of Communism

The military parade marking China's 60th anniversary seemed to follow on the stunning opening ceremony for the Beijing Olympics a year ago. A gala and fireworks were planned late Thursday for Tiananmen Square.

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60 Years of Communism

China's 60th anniversary parade was precisely choreographed, and the two-and-half-hour event hewed closely to tradition.

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60 Years of Communism

The elaborate ceremony for the founding of the People's Republic unfolded on national television but behind tight security that excluded ordinary people from getting near the parade route through Tiananmen Square.

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60 Years of Communism

Oct. 1: A parade of kitschy floats, flanked by more than 100,000 people, lauded the communist revolution and the Beijing Olympics.

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60 Years of Communism

A parade of kitschy floats, flanked by more than 100,000 people, lauded the communist revolution and the Beijing Olympics.

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China Celebrates 60th Anniversary of Bloody Communist Takeover

China flexes military strength with parade through the heart of Beijing to demonstrate the country's rising global influence, despite protests denouncing China's human rights record during 60 years of communist rule.

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