China celebrates 60th anniversary, but the public isn't invited from UK Daily Telegraph reports that as China celebrates its tumultuous 60 years as the People's Republic of China, its billion+ population hasn't been invited - but rather it has been a show for the communist party pols - demonstrating that the more things change, the more they stay the same.
The parade will allow China's rapidly modernising armed forces to show off some of its most advanced weaponry, and is expected to eclipse even the pageantry of the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics last year.
China's authorities, ever fearful of the threat of public disorder, have left nothing to chance, mobilising more than 950,000 volunteers to help seal off large sections of the capital 24 hours in advance of the parade. The flying of kites and pigeons has also been banned.
As well reviewing military hardware, China's president Hu Jintao, sitting on a red-carpeted rostrum beneath the Tiananmen Gate where Mao Tse-tung announced founding of the People's Republic 60 years ago, will watch a gala parade highlighting China's advances over the last 30 years.
From 0 to 60: how China is accelerating from Times of London