Beijing battens down, cranks up propaganda ahead of war parade

August 30, 2015 5:33 AM

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BEIJING - Beijing is battening down the hatches and cranking up the propaganda ahead of a massive military parade this week to mark the end of World War Two, shooing cars from streets and shutting factories for the Communist Party's biggest event of the year.

Some 12,000 soldiers will march through Beijing's central Tiananmen Square on Thursday, mostly Chinese but with Russian and a few other foreign contingents, accompanied by tanks and armoured vehicles, as fighter jets scream overhead President Xi Jinping will be joined on the podium by leaders includ...

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