China’s President Xi Jinping said “no force” could shake China, as he opened celebrations to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People”s Republic of China. [Jason Lee/Reuters]

China‘s President Xi Jinping opened celebrations on Tuesday to mark 70 years of Communist rule vowing that “no force” would be able to shake the country, as a parade of massed troops and military hardware showcased Chinese muscle in the face of an unprecedented challenge to its authority in Hong Kong

“There is no force that can shake the foundation of this great nation,” Xi told invited delegates as he stood at the Tiananmen Square gate where Mao Zedong declared the People’s Republic of China in October 1949.

“No force will be able to

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