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Mass celebrations to mark 60 years of Communist Party rule over China.



2009, October 1


In a massive National Day Parade at Beijing's historic Tiananmen Square China celebrates the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic (AP Photo / Xinhua, Huang Jingwen) The two-hour parade started with vast lines of tanks, missile launchers and some 8000 soldiers, followed by a concert of patriotic songs and dances. President Hu Jintao, speaking from the same spot where Mao had stood 60 years ago to formally proclaim the founding of the People's Republic of China, claimed that "today a socialist China ... is standing tall and firm in the East."


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