China: Snappy Birthday, Comrades

In a colossal bash, Deng honors the armed forces and boosts military morale

The celebration was worthy of the world's most populous nation. More than half a million people, in high good humor, paraded and danced through Peking's vast Tiananmen Square last week to mark the 35th anniversary of the People's Republic of China. More than anything, however, the day belonged to Deng Xiaoping, 80, China's modernization-minded leader, who had chosen the occasion for the first public review in 25 years of the country's military might.

Standing erect in an open-roofed Hongqi (Red...

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