Just as Fiji has had a church conference that is not a conference, and sometimes has leaders who are not leaders, the people of China apparently are having a Grand Parade tomorrow that is not a grand parade. Military hardware mainly. People are told NOT to go and watch, just stay home and see it on TV! How different that is from a people oriented society where crowds joyfully (or tearfully) watch rugby or footie matches, and enjoy it all.
China Holds Reception for National Day
The Chinese people have made unremitting efforts in the past six decades for the modernization drive and achieved great success, top political advisor Jia Qinglin said Tuesday. Grand Ceremony Planned to Celebrate National Day. A grand ceremony is scheduled to start at 10:00 AM Thursday in Beijing to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China (PRC).
Roads, Subways Closed for October 1
Wide-reaching traffic lockdowns and a visible array of security in central Beijing for October 1 will likely drive those interested in the National Day Parade to the comfort of their own homes to watch the festivities on TV.
Beijing Spruced up for 60th National Day Gala
Tian'anmen Square and its surrounding area, the center of Beijing, has been spruced up for a host of important celebrations to mark New China's 60 birthday on October 1.
I am appalled by displays by the military at any time, tanks and that sort of discipline and display.
I'm sure there will be no opportunity to protest about the priorities. I liked one way of protest that occurred one time in Melbourne when John Howard was speaking and a group of Aboriginal people in the audience turned their backs. A great way to protest in a non-violent way.
People are not allowed to watch the parade! Do they fear dissidents doing something?
Now about the relationship with Fiji - 'soft' loans from China are not 'soft' loans at all because the immigrant workers from China will take up the jobs and the money, and not the local men and women.