The world is treated to a massive military parade that takes place today on the Avenue of Eternal Peace, past the ancient Gate of Heavenly Peace where the Chinese leaders stand watching, for a good reason.

The spectacle marks 70 years of Chinese Communist Party (CCP) rule over China, the first 30 of which saw chaos and man-made disasters of epic proportions and the last 40 an economic miracle that transformed a desperately poor nation close to collapse into the world’s second-largest economy.

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