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Xi visits Mao’s Mausoleum as part of the celebrations for the 70th anniversary of China as the People’s Republic

September 30, 2019

MADRID, 30 Sep. (EUROPA PRESS) –

Chinese President Xi Jinping, as well as senior officials of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), visited the Mao Tse Tung Mausoleum and other monuments located in the iconic Tiananmen Square in Beijing on Monday, the epicenter of the commemorative events for the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.

Xi, who has been accompanied by Prime Minister Li Keqiang, and other senior officials, has come to the Mao Mausoleum early in the morning to pay his respects to the founder of the People's Republic of China. He has made up to three bows to the statue of the late leader, according to the official Xinhua news agency.

Then, around 10.00 (local time), Xi has also visited the Monument to the People's Heroes, a huge obelisk whose first stone was laid on September 30, 1949, which five years ago was declared Martyrs Day In the Asian giant.

Xi and his companions have sung the national anthem and have given a minute of silence to “those who gave their lives for the liberation of the Chinese people and the construction of the People's Republic of China,” Xinhua said.

The event was attended by a military band and a choir of more than 300 children, as well as 18 honor guards who have deposited nine baskets with flowers that have received the last 'in situ' touch-up of Xi himself.

The central act of this 70th anniversary will take place on October 1 with a large military parade through Tiananmen in which the Chinese Armed Forces are expected to exhibit new weapons.

This anniversary, which was called to serve as enthronement for Xi, is marked by economic and political turbulence in China because of the trade war with the United States and the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.