Friday, December 31, 2010
The PRC Military Parade/The Chinese Way of Hegemony-IV
Military parades symbolize national unity and national pride; it is just a show. Both France and India have their military parades annually, but the U.S. rarely holds such parades, instead invading another country to demonstrate its military might. The October 1st Chinese military parade is the 15th military display since Mao Zedong declared the establishment of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in 1949. The 2.5-hours ceremony started with flag bearers marching precisely 169 steps that symbolized 169 years since 1840 when China was humiliated by the Western powers, ceding Hong Kongto the British. Hu Jintao, President of China, Secretary-General of the CCP, and Commander-in-Chief of the Chinese army, reviewed the troops in an open-top Red Flag (Hongqi) limousine made in China. “Today, a socialist China geared to modernization, the world and future has stood rock-firm in the east of the world,” said Hu Jintao, (People’s Daily). In his three-minute speech which was televised live nationwide and throughout the world, he mentioned “peace” 8 times, stressing the peaceful rising China. Most of the weapons including J-10 and J-11 jet fighters, were displayed for the first time for the public. At night, thousands of dancers and singers on Tian’anmen Square enjoyed 100 minutes fireworks display.