China at 70: Much to celebrate but with geopolitical clouds to watch

A SPLENDID military parade, among other events, in Beijing on Tuesday will mark the 70th anniversary of Mao Zedong's proclamation of the founding of the People's Republic of China.

New weapons, including the Dongfeng-41 intercontinental ballistic missile, will be on show. The spectacle will serve as a reminder that the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) victory came at a heavy price - the civil war against the Nationalists, allied to Washington, lasted decades and killed millions. Then - as now - the...

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