Chinese President Xi Jinping has respected the country's founder, Chairman Mao Zedong, while Beijing is preparing to celebrate 70 years of communist rule tomorrow.
In a rare gesture, Xi and other top Chinese officials today visited Mao & mausoleum – located in the heart of Beijing on Tiananmen Square – and bowed three times to the statue of the deceased leader, Xinhua official news agency reported.
He also visited the remains of Mao, whose embalmed body is kept in a glass display in the memorial hall.
Chinese president Xi is bowing to the chairman's Mao statue today during a visit to Mao's mausoleum
Xi and other Chinese officials stand in rows in front of the Mao statue to pay homage
Mao & # 39; s mausoleum has a seated statue of the & # 39; Great Helmsman & # 39; (photo) as well as its remains
The last time a Chinese leader in front of the statue of the & # 39; Great mate & # 39; arch, was six years ago, when Xi Mao commemorates 120th anniversary.
Chairman Mao ruled communist China from 1949 when it was founded until 1976 when he died.
Xi also climbed the nearby Monument to the People's Heroes to further pay tribute to martyrs who died during wars in China's contemporary history.
Chairman Mao (right) is the one who announced the establishment of the People's Republic of China on Tiananmen Square in Beijing on October 1, 1949. Xi (left) is generally regarded as the most powerful leader since Chairman Mao who ruled the nation for 27 years until his death in 1976
China is celebrating 70 years of communist rule tomorrow with a major military parade
September 30 was designated by the Chinese legislator as a martyr's day in 2014, a year after Xi became president and propaganda efforts began to double to promote patriotism and glorify the party.
The move by Xi was also seen as a way to cultivate an unparalleled personality cult since the time of Mao.
Together with top party officials, more than 4,000 Chinese people – including senior military veterans and retired senior officials, & # 39; family members of martyrs, honorees of national medals and honorary titles & # 39; and members of the party's youth organization – the monument to lay flowers and wreaths.
Chinese President Xi Jinping (right) and Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang (left) are walking today during a wreath laying on the occasion of Martyr's Day in Tiananmen Square in Beijing
September 30 was proclaimed martyrs day by Chinese legislator in 2014, a year after Xi became president and doubled propaganda to promote patriotism and glorify the party
Chinese President Xi (second from the right, in front) and other officials observe a moment of silence at the Monument to the People & Heroes during a ceremony on the occasion of Martyr & # 39; s Day
The fear has arisen that the celebration of the national holiday in Beijing could be marred by possible clashes between police and anti-government protesters in Hong Kong after the financial capital had again experienced a weekend of protests and violence.
The police rejected the march request in the city tomorrow, but activists warned that refusing a peaceful avenue for protesters could speed up violence because citizens would turn up anyway.
At a reception tonight, Xi renewed his government's commitment to allow Hong Kong to manage its own affairs amidst ongoing anti-government protests on semi-autonomous Chinese territory.
In his first reaction to the unrest in Hong Kong, Xi said: "We will follow the principles of & # 39; One country, two systems & # 39; (s) & # 39; Hong Kong people who manage Hong Kong & continue to implement fully and faithfully & # 39;
Chinese President Xi jinping cheers the guests at a banquet on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China on September 30 in Beijing
Some fear that anti-government protests in Hong Kong may be marred by Beijing's national feasts after the city was shaken by another weekend of violent clashes
Police rejected the request for a march in the financial hub tomorrow, but activists warned that refusing a peaceful path for demonstrators could speed up violence
China's approach is to ensure that Hong Kong and its co-autonomous Macau semi-autonomous region flourish and progress along the mainland and embrace an even better future, Xi said.
China is preparing to show off its growing military strength on Tiananmen Square tomorrow morning.
It is expected that more than 15,000 troops and nearly 600 military equipment will perform in the parade, as well as 160 aircraft.
Chinese female soldiers are pictured above during a general rehearsal for the parade. The People & # 39; s Liberation Army is & # 39; s the world's largest army with two million men and women in uniform
Students are shown waving Chinese flags to celebrate the anniversary of the People's Republic. The military parade on Tuesday offers a rare glimpse of the rapidly developing arsenal
A float depicted with the emblem of the Chinese People's Liberation Army is pictured above just a few days before the parade starts on Tuesday
This can even be a rocket that can carry a nuclear charge and reach the United States within 30 minutes.
The Dongfeng-41 or DF-41 nuclear missile is one of a series of new weapons that Chinese media say could be revealed during the parade to mark China's rise to worldwide fame.
Photos distributed on Chinese social media from parade preparations show blurry images of a possible attack drone named & # 39; Sharp Sword & # 39; and another drone, the DR-8 or Wuzhen 8.
The photo (above) has led to speculation among Chinese military fans. South China Morning Post reported that the photo captured Beijing & # 39; s mysterious Wuzhen-8 supersonic spy drone
Other military aircraft that were captured include & # 39; Sharp Sword & # 39; stealth drone, the report said
Military vehicles are driving on a road in Beijing on Saturday during the second rehearsal for the parade
The nationwide festival aims to highlight China & # 39; s massive transformation from an impoverished state destroyed by the Japanese World War II invasion and a subsequent civil war in the second largest economy in the world.
On Tuesday, Xi is expected to chair a parade from the iconic Tiananmen Gate that will show China's rapidly developing arsenal.
The demonstration of military capability is seen as a way to underline Beijing's ambition to enforce claims to self-governing Taiwan, virtually the entire South China Sea and the territory of Japan.
WHAT IS CHINA & DONFENG-41 NUCLEAR MISSION?
Beijing's most powerful nuclear rocket could be ready to enter service.
Citing a military expert, the Chinese newspaper People Daily claimed in June last year that the Dongfeng-41, or DF-41, was ready for use.
China reportedly conducted the 10th flight test of the intercontinental ballistic missile last month, which is said to be able to strike with up to 10 warheads around the world.
The DF-41 is said to have the longest series of ballistic missiles in the world.
The rocket is 16.5 meters (54 feet) long with a diameter of 2.78 meters (9.1 feet). It is said to have a range of at least 7,500 miles (12,000 km) and with striking accuracy within 100 meters (328 feet).
The new rocket also has a speed of more than Mach 10 (7,672 mph) and can use lures to find its way through the enemy missile defense systems.
DF-41 could reach London or the US with warheads
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