For almost an hour, wave after wave of goose-stepping soldiers, tanks and missiles passed through Tiananmen Square, where President Xi Jinping looked on approvingly alongside his guest of honor, Russia's Vladimir Putin. Most Western leaders stayed away.
Beijing had been closed down for the event. Factories were ordered to stop production days ago, cars kicked off the streets to ensure a blue sky backdrop. Offices along the parade route were ordered closed and people living there told to stay away from their windows. Authorities even deployed falcon...
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