Fireworks explode over Tiananmen Square as performers take part in the evening gala marking National Day, the 70th anniversary of the founding of People's Republic of China, in Beijing, China, on Tuesday, October 1.
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In photos: China celebrates 70th National Day

Updated 10:10 AM ET, Tue October 1, 2019

Fireworks explode over Tiananmen Square as performers take part in the evening gala marking National Day, the 70th anniversary of the founding of People's Republic of China, in Beijing, China, on Tuesday, October 1.
Jason Lee/Reuters

China is celebrating the 70th anniversary of the People's Republic of China with a huge military parade in Beijing and nationwide celebrations. In Beijing, President Xi Jinping presided over a parade designed to show off the nation's military strength and its rapid rise over the past seven decades to a global power.

But in Hong Kong, where anti-government demonstrations have been raging for three months, protesters took to the streets, threatening to overshadow and disrupt Beijing's carefully crafted celebrations.