This is the follow up to my previous letter (The Daily News, Oct. 1) titled "China's anniversary" regarding the pre- celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.
The pomp, drama and advanced military technology on display at the celebrations aired on YouTube Monday night (Sept. 30) sent a dramatic, carefully rehearsed message to the world the following day that China has emerged as a global military power.
To some it would appear to be the only thing that Beijing did to celebrate that momentous historical event. They simply watched it through their own ideological prisms and saw it as proof of the rising military might and geopolitical ambition of a country different from their own.
Yet viewed objectively, the grand ceremony actually provided the world with an opportunity to appreciate an entirely different picture and to hear a completely different message, as the country reflected on its past and looked forward to the future.
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The dazzling parade played an important domestic role as well, drumming up fervent nationalism and loyalty. Thousands of people waved flags rapturously throughout the parade, as gigantic portraits of Communist party leaders, beginning with the founding leader Mao Tse-tung (Mao Zedong) and ending with Xi Jinping.