The parade is finished and the reviews are in. From the New York Times:
The celebration of the founding of the People’s Republic of China was immense, powerful and flawless, down to the crystalline skies which, just a day earlier, had been laden with smog.
In all that, it was a fitting analogy for how China’s Communist Party leaders wanted their citizens and the world to regard them — and, perhaps, how they may be feeling themselves these days. The last such parade, in 1999, was of
October 1, 2009