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Crowds cheer beneath a large portrait of Chinese President Xi Jinping during China’s National Day parade. A large portrait of Chinese President Xi Jinping at a parade to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, Beijing, Oct. 1, 2019 (AP photo by Mark Schiefelbein).

Chaos in Hong Kong Overshadows China’s National Day Spectacle

Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019

Editor’s Note: Every Wednesday, WPR Newsletter and Engagement Editor Benjamin Wilhelm curates the week’s top news and expert analysis on China.

“There is no force that can shake the foundation of this great nation. No force can stop the Chinese people and Chinese nation forging ahead,” President Xi Jinping said Tuesday in a speech marking the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China. The Communist Party hoped this year’s milestone celebration would showcase a unified country on the path to a “great rejuvenation.” Instead, observers around the world were treated to a much more complicated split-screen image: A giant display of state power in Beijing and a massive uprising against the state in Hong Kong. ...

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