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Friday, October 1, 1999 Published at 06:17 GMT 07:17 UK

World: Asia-Pacific

In pictures: China's big day

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President Jiang Zemin arrives to review the troops in Tiananmen Square in an open-top limousine.

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Half a million people took part in the parade marking the 50th anniversary of the communist revolution.

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Former leaders including Deng Xiaoping were honoured in the celebrations.

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It was also a chance for China to show off its military hardware.

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Among the weapons on display was the country's new Dongfeng 31 long-range missile.

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Tens of thousands of police were deployed to prevent any protests or other disruptions to the big day.

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But pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong saw little reason to join in celebrations in the former British territory.

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