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US-China Report about Oct 1, 2009 celebration

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I thought this post from US-China today gives a short and wide picture of what the situation is going to be for this Oct 1, 2009 celebration of the creation of the present country of China.

Security has tightened in Beijing as the entire country prepares for its 60th anniversary celebration. The country has taken many precautionary steps toward preventing possible distractions during the festivities. Numerous roadblocks have been set up all around Beijing for security checks, hundreds of volunteers were employed to take on surveillance operations, and soldiers are often seen patrolling the city. Interestingly enough, security in Beijing is much tighter now than during last year’s 2008 Olympics.

As in the past, Tiananmen will serve as the focal point of this year’s celebration. Hu Jintao will give a keynote speech commemorating China’s anniversary, and a massive parade, with an estimated 200,000 volunteers and 60 floats, will march through the city.

However, in order to prepare for such a grand event, many volunteers and students have made great sacrifices. Many students were furious after learning that their summer plans would change, as Beijing instituted mandatory drills for Beijing students. These drills consisted of 2-3 hour daily activities and lasted for the majority of the summer.

Although students were not fond of these impromptu drills, there is still a fervent respect and admiration for the leaders of China. With a Facebook fan page of over 100,000 fans, Wen Jiabao—also known as Grandpa Wen—is respected and liked among Chinese citizens in a way unlike any of his predecessors. In a recent article entitled “Wen to be Loved?”, we explored this relationship between Wen Jiabao and China’s youth.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/08/28 at 06:08

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