East Asia Watch: The People's Republic of China at a crossroads

As the CCP marks its 70th year in power, attention shifts to its goal of national rejuvenation by the 100th anniversary. Much rides on how Xi chooses to steer the country.

The world is treated to a massive military parade that takes place today on the Avenue of Eternal Peace, past the ancient Gate of Heavenly Peace where the Chinese leaders stand watching, for a good reason.

The spectacle marks 70 years of Chinese Communist Party (CCP) rule over China, the first 30 of which saw chaos and man-made disasters of epic proportions and the last 40 an economic miracle that transformed a desperately poor nation close to collapse into the world's second-largest economy.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 01, 2019, with the headline 'The People's Republic of China at a crossroads'. Print Edition | Subscribe