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Photo Gallery: China Celebrates 60th Anniversary

  • China's state-led celebrations of 60 years of communist rule began Thursday with a 60-gun salute over Beijing's Tiananmen Square. Most of Beijing's 17 million citizens watched the pageant on television.
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    China's state-led celebrations of 60 years of communist rule began Thursday with a 60-gun salute over Beijing's Tiananmen Square. Most of Beijing's 17 million citizens watched the pageant on television.
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  • A military parade showcases China's latest missiles during the National Day Parade in Beijing on Thursday.
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    A military parade showcases China's latest missiles during the National Day Parade in Beijing on Thursday.
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  • A float with a giant portrait of late Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping passes Tiananmen Square during the parade.
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    A float with a giant portrait of late Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping passes Tiananmen Square during the parade.
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  • Chinese President Hu Jintao (second car from left) reviews military troops during the parade, which was intended to showcase the nation as a global power.
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    Chinese President Hu Jintao (second car from left) reviews military troops during the parade, which was intended to showcase the nation as a global power.
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  • Residents celebrate National Day in Beijing on Thursday.
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    Residents celebrate National Day in Beijing on Thursday.
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  • Chinese naval officers march pass Tiananmen Square during the National Day Parade.
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    Chinese naval officers march pass Tiananmen Square during the National Day Parade.
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  • Chinese military aircrafts execute a flyby over Tiananmen Square during the National Day celebrations.
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    Chinese military aircrafts execute a flyby over Tiananmen Square during the National Day celebrations.
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  • People's Liberation Army soldiers prepare to march past Tiananmen Square on Thursday. The National Day Parade featured many of China's military branches and armored units.
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    People's Liberation Army soldiers prepare to march past Tiananmen Square on Thursday. The National Day Parade featured many of China's military branches and armored units.
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  • Fireworks light up the sky over Tiananmen Square during the celebrations Thursday.
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    Fireworks light up the sky over Tiananmen Square during the celebrations Thursday.
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  • In Hong Kong, pro-democracy demonstrators hold up placards as they walk toward China's liaison office Thursday. Scuffles broke out between protesters and police, as hundreds took to the streets to urge Chinese leaders to improve human rights and release jailed dissidents.
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    In Hong Kong, pro-democracy demonstrators hold up placards as they walk toward China's liaison office Thursday. Scuffles broke out between protesters and police, as hundreds took to the streets to urge Chinese leaders to improve human rights and release jailed dissidents.
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  • Police in Hong Kong carry away a pro-democracy demonstrator after a scuffle ensued when protesters attempted to make their way to China's liaison office Thursday.
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    Police in Hong Kong carry away a pro-democracy demonstrator after a scuffle ensued when protesters attempted to make their way to China's liaison office Thursday.
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  • Two pro-democracy demonstrators atop a police car hold a placard Thursday in Hong Kong. Celebrations in Beijing were held without incident.
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    Two pro-democracy demonstrators atop a police car hold a placard Thursday in Hong Kong. Celebrations in Beijing were held without incident.
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