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China’s 60th anniversary : Live

September 30, 2009

4:30 pm : China celebrated its wealth and rising might with a show of goose-stepping troops, floats and nuclear-capable missiles, 60 years after Mao Zedong proclaimed its embrace of communism.

The two hour-parade of picture-perfect soldiers, tanks and missiles, floats and 100,000 well-drilled civilians was a proud moment for many Chinese citizens, as reporters Ben Blanchard and Lucy Hornby write.

The weather was perfect too, with the Chinese air force deploying a "magic-like" range of chemicals and technology to clear Beijing's smoggy air.

Here's another image from the grand parade:

2:40 pm
: Here’s a video of the parade shot by photographer David Grey.

2:00 pm : On a street corner at the end of China’s 60th anniversary parade route a crowd of ordinary but excited Beijingers gathered to wave flags and snap pictures of the floats as they trundled off to a temporary parking lot, reporter Emma Graham-Harrison writes

They were lucky — stringent security meant probably only a
few thousand people, in a city of well over 10 million, got a
live glimpse of the government’s celebration of its own success.

The leadership’s apparent conviction that ordinary Chinese
people could not be trusted to join in the celebration led to a
strange atmosphere downtown, with empty, echoing streets
occasionally filled with the rumble of an airforce flyover.

By the time the parade reached areas that – although partly
sealed off — still held some ordinary citizens, the thousands of
dancing, marching escorts that accompanied each display through Tiananmen Square had already peeled off.

Those on the floats looked off duty; many had sat down or were chatting among themselves.

But the small crowd still waved, shouted and snapped at the lavish representations of everything from the Olympics to agricultural advancements as if they were at the heart of the celebrations.

The fervour of those who could get close stood in sharp relief to the cordons of armed and aggressive cops — and to the mistrust of a leadership that claims to serve the people but appears somewhat afraid of them.

But it also suggested that the biggest security danger in throwing open the parade might have been not the terrorism Beijing claimed to fear, but a simple excess of enthusiasm among an increasingly patriotic population.

1:30 p.m.: Security for China’s 60th anniversary parade was tight, with access to many areas blocked by multiple cordons, which meant that Reuters journalists  had to sleep in the office to ensure that they would be able to cover the parade.

Reuters’ Graham-Harrison writes about her night in the office ahead of the parade :

For a moment on waking up I savoured the one unquestionable benefit of sleeping in the office — my commute was cut to about 30 seconds. I could be up at 7.59 and still at my desk by 8.00.

It became obvious a couple of weeks before Communist China’s 60th anniversary parade that covering it was going to be complicated.

The government is putting on the spectacle for 1.3 billion  people, and apparently considers the several million people who actually live in the capital more of an annoying security problem
than guests at the party.

Our office is on the parade route and so the surrounding  streets would be shut down and all buildings emptied from nearly 24 hours before the parade to 24 hours after it, we were told.

The only way we could access stable, uncensored connections to the outside world was by staying at our desks the whole time. We persuaded building management to let the bureau chief, chief correspondent, a Chinese colleague and me to stay overnight  — but we wouldn’t be allowed out, they warned.

So preparing for work on the 30th felt more like getting  ready for a camping trip. I lumbered into the office with a backpack stuffed with sleeping bag, toiletries, pajamas, books (we expected a quiet evening) and mountains of food.

I find it hard to work properly when I’m hungry so — much to  the amusement of my colleagues — I had brought stew, Chinese pancakes, a loaf of rye bread, cheese, tomatoes, apples, oranges,
cereal, soya milk, tuna (with can opener), baked beans, and a jar of tomato sauce.

My more modest colleague just opted for instant noodles.

As for spending the night in the office, it was dull but less of an ordeal than I expected. I curled up on sofa cushions from the pictures department and slept quite well.

(Reuters pictures by Nir Elias, David Gray, Tyrone Siu, Jason Lee)

12:00 : The military parade is followed by floats with huge portraits celebrating four generations of top communist leaders  – Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping, Jiang Zemin, and one which looked like Hu Jintao.

There are also floats depicting environmental protection featuring trees, shrubs and giant model leaves – lots of people waving flags that are a very unnatural looking green. Another float celebrated China’s success in swimming and diving at the Beijing Olympics, with what looked like medal winners.

As reporters Ben Blanchard and Lucy Hornby point out in this report Hu wants the day of extraordinary spectacle and security to make the case that the formula of one-party rule and rapid growth remains the right one for hauling the world’s third-biggest economy into prosperity, ruling 1.3 billion people and elevating China into a superpower.

11:10 a.m: Security arrangements for China’s 60th anniversary parade to make sure the televised show went without a hitch left many ordinary Beijing residents and citizens feeling left out.

As Lucy Hornby reports, five miles is a long way away, and so the small crowd that gathered by the China World Hotel to try and catch a glimpse of the National Day military parade on Tiananmen Square might be described as unduly optimistic.

But then again, the security for this parade could also be described as unduly restrictive. Even five miles away was too close, it seemed, as police with bullhorns ordered the grumbling crowd even further back, beyond the third ring road, and then even further and further east.

“Well I figured I could at least see the airplanes in person. We’ve got the TV set to record at home,” said a middle-aged man who had come with his family from the nearby province of Hebei.

The police and security guards were reasonably sympathetic with the crowd, most of whom looked like migrant workers from outside the city.

“”I understand you, I understand that you want to see the parade. Believe me, I’d like to see the parade too!” one yelled, as he shooed a few stragglers further from the police cordon.

But it was hard to understand what would be the problem with patriotic citizens actually seeing the parade, which viewed from a TV did indeed turn out to be very impressive.

“Now, if its such a great thing for China, why are they trying to stop everyone from having a look?” said Chris Hill, an Australian businessman whose efforts to see the parade were proving to be utterly unsuccessful.


10:50 am :Tyra Dempster, a TV producer standing just in front of Mao’s portrait in Tinananmen Square, says the whole place reverberated with the cannons as the parade began.  It felt as if all the masonry might come tumbling down. It is still very noisy, with all the marching and shouting. The troops are female soldiers marching past in what look like quite short skirts, which doesn’t seem like practical military kit.


10:15 a.m:10:15 a.m: TV shows Hu driving along the Avenue of Eternal Peace, in what looks like a Chinese-made red flag limo, inspecting immaculate ranks of soldiers, male and female, from the army, navy and air force.

At intervals he shouts “Hello comrades! hardworking comrades!”. The troops are so well trained their heads turn in exact unison to follow his car. They reply “Serve the people!” or “Hello commande

Reuters pictures by Nir Elias,David Gray,Tyrone Siu, Jason Lee)
10 a.m:Hu Jintao has appeared on top of Tiananmen gate,  wearing a dark modern take on a Mao suit. The rest of the top  leadership appear to be in business suits and ties.

9:45 a.m: Hundreds of people are stranded at Beijing train station because several bus and metro services have been suspended and there aren’t enough cabs. Many were complaning bitterly, some saying they will never come to Beijing again, Kitty Bu from the television department said.

And in Hong Kong pro-democracy demonstrators gathered at the venue of the national day celebrations, carrying a mock coffin, symbolising those who died in the 1989 crackdown in Tiananmen Square.

9:30 a.m: Ben Blanchard reports the weather is perfect for the national day parade after days of overcast gloom. Looks like clouding seeding worked ? Far from Tiananmen Square in the fashionable  Drum Dowar area there is little security evident, he says. The narrow streets are lined with large red Chinese flags. It’sd all very quiet – perhaps people are still in bed.

Downtown Beijing has been awash with black-clad security troops sporting reflector sun-glasses, automatic guns and hulking black hum-vees and anti-riot vehicles, guarding the city for the 60th anniversary celebrations of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. Correspondent Chris Buckley says many of them look quite pleased with their expensive bling, even if their leather loafers can look a tad prissy and the

What’s the inspiration for this all-black chic? Some will blame the Bat Man film franchise. There are also plenty of menacing new buildings around Beijing that look like they were pinched straight from Gotham. The Reuters bureau is housed in one.

But the real inspiration may be “Black Cat Police Sergeant” (Hei mao jingzhang), a clunky but enduring Chinese cartoon series about a cat-cop who, when he is not vanquishing evil-doing animals, stands around looking very cool — if you’re a six-year old.

No Chinese childhood is complete without a dose of this cartoon, and locals can see Black Cat’s influence in the latest police fashions.

There is also the more recent Japanese import, Ultraman. a team of sleak, leaping superheroes who have entertained Chinese kids for many years, and apparently also inspired the couturiers at the Ministry of Public Security.

8:30 a.m. Police and journalists were up in the wee hours of Thursday, getting ready for China’s National Day parade. “That led to some friendly, pre-dawn comraderie with the hearty policemen manning the barricades at 5:30 am, while we all waited for some floats to roll by — the only glimpse either they or we will catch of this perfectly orchestrated parade,” correspondent Lucy Hornby reports.

There may be about 200,000 marchers, but the spectators are all being kept several city blocks away from the main parade route.

Even one cop, a stocky, cheerful 48-year-old with a strong Beijing accent, thought that was a bit excessive.
“Nowadays they have everything under tight control. They can’t let a lot of people near it, there would be too much potential for trouble. But when I was little we used to run right up and stand on the sidewalks as the parades went by. That was fun. Now everything’s much more strict.”

The People’s Republic of China will mark the 60th anniversary of its founding on Thursday with a military parade showcasing its growing political and economic clout.

Reuters correspondents, photographers and television crew will be blogging live the anniversary, tracking key events in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square and elewhere in the country, through the day.

Ahead of the celebrations, correspondent Emma Graham-Harrison takes a look at China at 60 and Benjamin Kang Lim and Lucy Hornby report on the country’s plans to cut back its army and boost the air force and navy, a strategic move that could stoke regional tensions.


why do you always say something unfriendly about China, enen in the happy days.Why not report some news about our happiness about our motherland?

Posted by luoweilw | Report as abusive

I wonder why news MEdia shows how bad or unorganized are such events like this. it makes me think that reporters or news media got paid to report this kind of issue in countris like china, India, Russia, etc. but this almost never is seen in western countries (they are not perfect either). How politized are news and media networks in these days, always publishing negative aspect of the whole world except those countries that share the same political spirit or Represent interest at some point for Europe or US.

Posted by HAns | Report as abusive

i know that this report has been done by some india” friend” i fully understand why he like this kind of express, honestly, it is mostly opposite to the picture showed by him at here. Come on, my India friend, hope to see your country’s beautiful picture in 100 years :)-


best wishes for china?? ? ? ???? ?? ??????

Posted by sunshine | Report as abusive

because he is just one of jealous friends.

Posted by Nan | Report as abusive

Black Cat police?! Ultraman?! You are sounding more and more like a tabloid. hmmmm.

Posted by yifan | Report as abusive

You do not understand China’s national conditions, so you are obviously biased.You are not a qualified journalist,I am very disappionted with Reuters!

Posted by tiantian | Report as abusive

‘why do you always say something unfriendly about China, enen in the happy days’well, since the author wanna show off his ‘knowledge’ or something else. What I feel strange is …for someone behaves like this, they still always feel strange why they are disgusted by most Chinese people. Hello, people …your behaviors are so disgusting, what can you expect?

Posted by orsino | Report as abusive

I remember one famous saying that “if you want to learn from someone you should forget yourself firstly”. The fact that china begans to take the leadership around the world has been recongnized WW. one suggetsion to India is that: no need to waste your energy and time to competite with CHINA as a same level since you are really lack of the real leadership in the 3rd world organization, and WW as well; stop any stupid action to fight against china it will destroy your fragile structure of India in the end. find your way to develop your core competitiveness. i also work with some real talent from india, they also agree with me on that point.


why not report some positive news about china

Posted by xwjtwins | Report as abusive

Something is wrong in the reports, so please release the truth after know the China better

Posted by robin shen | Report as abusive

In reply to luoweilw’s post:Because they want us to be their enemies!If that’s the case, so be it!

Posted by Kenny Kang Sun | Report as abusive

This anniversary march pretty much sums up China as a nation and people.A military threat to other nations, lines of robot-like soldiers with no independence, and legions of nationalistic people worshiping the very dictatorship which represses them.For them, such things are a source of unending pride. And a sign that they truly deserve all that they now have.

Posted by Hahaha | Report as abusive

Why are Western leader and the Western media lavishing China with such praise?2 decades ago, the Chinese army marches into Tiananmen Square killing students calling for freedom.2 years ago, the Chinese army marches into Tibet killing members of the Tibetan ethnic minority who were calling for freedom and independence and protesting the Han Chinese ethnic cleansing policy in Tibet.2 months ago, the Chinese army marches into Xinjiang killing members of the Uyghurs minority who were calling for freedom and independence and protesting the Han Chinese ethnic cleansing policy in Xinjiang.2 weeks Chinese government makes it illegal for foreigners to travel to Tibet.2 days Chinese government makes it illegal for Uyghurs to use the Internet to disrupt the harmony by making posts that refer to Uyghur freedom, independence or complain about the Chinese ethnic cleansing policy in Xinjiang.Today, the Chinese TV is full if video love messages from Western leaders praising the Chinese government.

Posted by han-watch | Report as abusive

Chinese people can’t open windows of their own houses, can’t stand on the balcony, confined to their houses, can’t pick there own cellphone ringtones, can’t go to youtube or google, can’t talk freely!Are these the achievements of Commis in past 60 years?Chinese people don’t deserve any human rights, liberty, freedom, democracy?

Posted by Sammy | Report as abusive

Why not report some news about our happiness about our motherland?- Posted by luoweilwHappy for who, the oppressive communists or the oppressed Chinese, Mongolians, Tibetians, Uigers?Who is happy?

Posted by Don | Report as abusive

Any Chinese person that complains about “unfriendly” reporting on China is being hypocritical beyond what anybody who never lived in China could imagine.Chinese media is constantly broadcasting unfriendly reports about America and the West. Chinese schools books from the 1st grade to collage make unfriendly depictions about the America and the West. Start a conversation with virtually any Chinese and this unfriendly reporting and depictions will be thrown it your face in an instant.

Posted by han-watch | Report as abusive

Shame on Reuters for posting such an article!!

Posted by Wang | Report as abusive

thanks Sanjeev Miglani, you can back to your sleepbag and have a good rest with your boring meaningless garbage reports!I’m afraid you will lost you job because of your worthless personal experience for muddling through.

Posted by robin shen | Report as abusive

China is the best, I love China.

Posted by ripper | Report as abusive

What are China’s core values, ethical standards and human rights achievements?

Posted by Randy | Report as abusive

This Parade looked like USSR or N Korea’s parade? How come all commies have similar parades?

Posted by Javed | Report as abusive

why do you always say something unfriendly about China, enen in the happy days.Why not report some news about our happiness about our motherland?- Posted by luoweilwTruth hurts! 3% Chinese are celebrating while 97% are suffering. Are the Tibetians or Uigers or Taiwanese happy?Are those people happy who lost their children to school collapse in earthquake or those whose children got poisoned from milk or Aluminium plant?How long can the communists march on dead bodies of it’s citizens?

Posted by Peter | Report as abusive

happy birthday TO MY MATHER COUNTRY.

Posted by CANDY | Report as abusive

After 60 years, China’s best friends are N Korea, Iran, Pakistan!Nukes proliferation to Pakistan, N Korea, Libya, Iran! ws/world/asia/article6839044.eceGreat achievement and contribution to the world peace!THANK YOU for making the world a safer place for all!

Posted by Sandy | Report as abusive


Posted by china | Report as abusive

Why do you always write something bad, rather than to write some good things, your view of China’s attitude is very friendly!

Posted by china | Report as abusive

I don’t like the tone of this article. It’s just like every other bit of American footage on the Chinese scene – focusing on the trivial problems and negative aspects of a very positive event. Apparently, these American reporters have nothing else to talk about. Sour grapes, America.But I’m not worried. People are beginning to realize how much of American media is bull****.

Posted by Charles | Report as abusive

I just don´t understand what´s in those peoples´ pathetic minds, all things, even better than their own countries must be interpreted as something bad, as ¨against humanity or democracy¨ or whatever. And at the same time they don´t even want to listen to our side, by simply claiming that chinese people are brainwashed. I have to ask, who is more brainwashed? Who holds a biased prejudice against a whole country without any investigation and thinking but only with what they have heard from their goverment. This is the real definition of brainwashing, just like what the germany media did to the jews in the last century. So I suggest the reporters can carry a Swatiskas on their uniform so we can know, they are reporters.

Posted by Jun | Report as abusive

Cannot you understand? It is because these guys knew little about China. They are somebody knowing-nothing.”Look like” is the word he has used frenquently. What does it mean? It means that he does not know what he is writing. I am not sure why the reuters send them to China for interview. Just because they are ignorant. That would be funny as we do not need to pay attention to what the ignorant guys said. He is the representative who shows the fact of the world, however what they showed? They have indicated the wrong information which we should be happy because that would make those foreign guys who thought to be smart stupid. As they cannot get the fact and they can see the sky through the small hole made by the retuers.

Posted by John Huang | Report as abusive

You know why , because they don’t understand chinese. They don’t understand China, but they think they do.They don’t want to see us to be happy. They think they know the truth. They think they have the right to tell the ‘Truth’. You know what the truth is? The truth is whatever they say. They believe what they want to believe. They see what they want to see. That’s it.\Don’t be upset. Our country is so much better than before. To let the facts speak for themselves.And it will be better and better. Look what we did in the past 30 years. Yes, it has many and many problems,China is not perfect. any other country is perfect?If you are not perfect, then you have no right to criticize others.

Posted by Lily Song | Report as abusive

Hello Reuters,Let us have a call here:2012 London Olympic games: Please let all ordinary Londoners flood into the Olympic stadium and also the opening ceremony? Please do not let your cop stand on the street and wander around the downing street NO.10. However you cannot and you always have many many cops. Are all those Londoners terrorist? Are you scared of them? No they are not. However you are scrared of them. Why do you scare at them? Why do you trust them? Ah…

Posted by James | Report as abusive

I guess it is because they are getting jealous and worried about China’s amazing development. Forget it! Their unfriendly report can only make us stronger and stronger!

Posted by Li Suping | Report as abusive

This is our Happy day.After years of suffering and foreign aggression, we have finally developed into today, if you do not understand China, and invite you to personally come here to look at, and we will be very friendly and welcome the arrival of your

Posted by R2Hw | Report as abusive

Every one is celebrating the great day here.We Are very Happy.But I don’t know why media in your country are just reporting how ” CP is ‘controlling’ the nation” and “how people are ‘sufferring’ here”.It can’t be too silly to report a country like that(instead of telling the truth) just in order to meet your prejudice on this nation.Why not go to China to have a look yourself instead of being fooled like this?


I understand anti-Americanism, because America has DONE many things to many people all over the world, and has the power to still DO many more things, but I don’t understand anti-China media. I know some people don’t like communism, or one-party rule, or an authoritarian government, or state influenced media, but China is not trying to make other people accept or live under these conditions. So, why? I don’t understand why the English speaking world is so antagonistic and negative about China. What’s it to you? I am Chinese, and I love China, and I may criticize China about certain aspects, but out of love, not out of arrogance or antipathy. And most importantly, I usually don’t criticize how Americans run America, or how British runs Britain, because that’s none of my business, and also because I respect other people enough to let them run their own lives. When will the western media learn that about China???

Posted by AutobotAlex | Report as abusive

Chinese people can’t open windows of their own houses, can’t stand on the balcony, confined to their houses, can’t pick there own cellphone ringtones, can’t go to youtube or google, can’t talk freely!Are these the achievements of Commis in past 60 years?Chinese people don’t deserve any human rights, liberty, freedom, democracy?- Posted by SammyHi Sammy and all those who are “high moral standard” and “well thought”. Just a question to ponder, do you guys know Chinese history? Current China has a lot of problems – politically and socially, but tell me one country dosn’t. And when you talk about freedom and democracy, do you know just a little more than 100 years ago, Western countries were robbing, killing, raping, selling drug in China. For a nation experienced 100 years of oppression and discrimination, it is undersandable for a celebrate like this. Communism is not evel, just like capitalism. Both are just ideaologies. When Ruissa turned itself from communism to capitalism over night and suffered chaotic economy, you guys were probably laughing. This cry against China in general is pathetic.

Posted by Paul | Report as abusive

Man what’s with all the China-bots around here…some of the Anti-China bots don’t seem much better either. Compared to a lot of press I don’t think this was too bad, in some ways positive (showing how there is obvious dissidence within China). The Western Media generally portrays a bad image because democracy is valued so high over here, and stories that tug-hearts (i.e. People living under authoritarian government) sells. It’s that simple really. And I know Chinese people, and their broad opinion is that leave China alone, they will get democracy soon. Quite a fair point I believe, they are definitely progressing, just slowly. But for such a huge country it may be the safest way to do it.

Posted by Eoghan | Report as abusive

In 20 years time the real problem will begin, China and America will have the same military and technical capabilities, and China will certainly want to extend it’s borders(India, Tiawain, etc), as it has with Xinjiang and Tibet and is currently doing with the new China/America Space race. Our only comfort is that history shows the quicker a power rises the quicker it falls. Is World War III comming?

Posted by James | Report as abusive

It is a sad day indeed to read how the westerners still fail to understand China. True, many more ordinary people would have loved to join the parade – but this is precisely the problem. Can you imagine 10 million Beijing residents PLUS an additional 20 million citizens from neighbouring provinces try to join the parada? Hundreds of anti-riot police have problems breaking up riots and a football match – can you imagine what it would be like (and the number of police required) should the high-enthusiastic citizens get out of control? The writers of this blog certainly did not – out of pure ignorance perhaps.Give China a chance. Give yourself a chance. Try understand it from a neutral perspective. It is a great country for what they have done and achieved. It is a great country if you try to understand it from the inside.

Posted by JP | Report as abusive

“I understand anti-Americanism, because America has DONE many things to many people all over the world, and has the power to still DO many more things, but I don’t understand anti-China media.”People have an anti-china view because of the following reasons:-Chinese participation in Korea and Vietnam (You probably see it as heroic resistance, but the rest of the world saw you attempting to remove democracy from people by force of arms).-Tiannamen Square (the next time you are overseas, look it up on wikipedia. You probably don’t know, but an important event happened there a few decades ago which is not told to chinese children)-Your nation is a dictatorship (not a slur, but actually the truth in every sense of the word).-Your nation artificially devalues your currency, and treats the worker class like slaves.-The Han racial group oppresses the other Chinese minorities such as Tibet, who no longer want to be part of China.-China supports repressive regimes in Africa, by dealing with them when nobody else will.-China tried to sell weapons to Mugabe and ZANU-PF (another corrupt single party government) during the last Zimbabwe elections.-China prevents international action against Iran and North Korea, and in fact support those nations.-Your government is plagued by corruption and resembles a dynasty, because it is immune to civilian oversight.-Most of the Chinese people do not get to see any of the wealth your nation produces.-The Chinese government controls all media, freedoms and business.-Your people have no ability to do or say what they want.-Even mentioning the word democracy in China is enough to get a chinese citizen arrested for “disturbing the social order”.-People who criticize the Chinese government can end up with them and their families arrested, possibly for many years.-You actually need to be told all these things, because you don’t seem to notice it. Or perhaps your media doesn’t even let you know.That’s most of them, but I may have missed some.

Posted by Hmmm | Report as abusive

Congratulations to the People’s Republic of China for its 60th anniversary. My respect will be complete when :1 – President Hu will meet His Holiness the Dalai Lama to find an intelligent solution to integrate Tibetans in China.2 – Tibet will be open to anyone with a normal Chinese visa (and not a special Tibet permit).Long live to China and Tibet together with mutual respect.

Posted by Erick - London | Report as abusive

U know why the media always criticise Chinese Government? fear!!!!!!


Wow. I am a Chinese-American, born in America, educated in America, and the ignorance of many of these anti-China comments are astounding. My grandparents and parents fled China, as Nationalists, and moved to Taiwan prior to gaining US citizenship. Despite their opposition to the communist party, they are not “suffering” watching this event. Rather, they are happy that there is far less suffering in China today than there was 60 years ago.Although the comments are irritating, the coverage by Reuters is more upsetting, clearly written by people who have little respect for the style and culture of another country.Perhaps one should consider the readership prior to making the journalistic equivalent of childish giggles and pointing when introduced to something foreign.

Posted by Emily | Report as abusive

Wonderful parade.Hopefully China will bring some sanctity to this world be capitalism totally destoys it.

Posted by peter gill | Report as abusive

How many Chinese communist leaders are billionairs, millionairs? how many Chinese people are happy with these oppressive leaders? LOL.. are you still happy? if you are then you are a rock.

Posted by nguyen | Report as abusive

I’m not in Beijing but was there just a few days ago. Notices where almost in every news paper and on the news notifying locals of the temporary service interruptions around the time of the parades. Also blocks around Tiananmen were already blocked off or redirected before I left. Most know to stay clear of the area if they don’t want to be stuck in traffic… It was more like “stay home to avoid being stuck in traffic” rather than “stay home or get arrested” as suggested by the article. You can blame it on terrorism if you want… but this is usually what happens in a BIG celebration… I’m from the US and this kind of notices to the public happens all the time…. But maybe it gets interpreted differently by the media because … well its America. Its like Smog warning stay home, don’t drive, if must take public transport. If this happened somewhere in China it would be reported as “Citizens Banned from driving.”People here where I am have been celebrating by lighting up fireworks since this afternoon. Seems like the General population is very happy unlike what some post have suggest. Little Chinese flags are being waved around by little kids… and NO I don’t think their parents made them do it… its just fun like 4th of July.You’ll easily find negative post about China – look at the Olympic blogs as examples. If it was a “Democratic” China then things may be different. Westerners will always have a negative perception associated with the word “Communism.” Many out there don’t even know meaning and events behind the Communist movement. How can we assume that they can have any idea how things are in present China. They only know what their history books choose to show them or what biased media want them to know. It may be ignorance or just an utter unwillingness to open their minds. Yet they often feel justified in posting comments such as 97% of the Chinese population is unhappy, he stated a few minority groups and Taiwan but if that is his logic it still would not make any mathematical sense. Wonder where he gets those figures… Why would Taiwan be celebrating anyways, they have their own national day? Do you expect people in the UK celebrating 4th of July?I was very young during the Tiananmen Square incident, and wasn’t in China during the riots in Lhasa, but the Urumqi riots were recent enough. It’s odd but I don’t remember the Xinjiang having any ethnic cleansing incidents…. And the riot was surely not because of that. The guy who wrote those posts should look up the facts before publishing them… makes him look like an idiot.

Posted by joe Schmoe | Report as abusive

I’m watching the evening celebrations on TV and I can somewhat understand why they closed off blocks away from the center of the celebration… it’s incredibly huge. The stage is in a span of a few blocks itself. An open stage for about a ½ mile or more with performances after another… It’s hard imaging how one could keep things in order and safe before and after the ceremony. I doubt you would be able to see anything or even come close to the center of the ceremony even if they allowed people to go in there. I’m guessing its 3-4 times the size of the Olympic ceremony or 3-4 foot ball stadiums. If they you put up screens on the outskirts and invite citizens to watch its way too big to control, the whole district would be flooded with people.

Posted by Joe Schmoe | Report as abusive

Truth hurts! 3% Chinese are celebrating while 97% are suffering. Are the Tibetians or Uigers or Taiwanese happy?Are those people happy who lost their children to school collapse in earthquake or those whose children got poisoned from milk or Aluminium plant?How about you actually get to know a little bit about the truth before you’re claiming you know it?97% are suffering.? You’re saying Tibetians or Uigers or Taiwanese represent 97% of Chinese?As for Happy ?How about the people died of Katrina and your government’s slow response? Or your solder died in Iraq?

Posted by Liu | Report as abusive

I have to say ,there are some questions with your philosophy.

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