China anniversary: Beijing celebrations mark 70 years of Communist rule

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China is set to host lavish events to mark 70 years since the founding of the People’s Republic of China (PRC).A large military and civic parade will be held in Beijing, with President Xi Jinping expected to give a speech.On 1 October 1949, Mao Zedong – or Chairman Mao – announced the formation of the PRC, after communist forces won a bloody civil war.Modern China has since developed at an extraordinary pace, but it has also one of the world’s most restrictive states.

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