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Capital shows off military might in drill

TANKS, armored personnel carriers and rocket launchers rolled along a Beijing boulevard yesterday in practice for a parade to mark the People's Republic of China's 60th anniversary on October 1.

The main east-west artery of Beijing was closed for a rehearsal of the elaborate military parade planned for the big day.

Several hundred military vehicles rumbled toward Chang'an Avenue, in front of the Forbidden City, as small groups of onlookers gawked from behind police lines.

Public security has been ramped up in recent months in a campaign similar to last year's Olympic Games.

Few details have been released about the celebrations, but a keynote address from President Hu Jintao is expected, followed by the military parade and performances involving 200,000 people, 60 floats and fireworks.

China has said it will show off much of its new-generation homegrown weaponry.

China will launch a project with six municipalities and provinces and an autonomous region to build a security "moat" to keep its capital city safe during the celebrations.

Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei, Shanxi, Shandong, Liaoning and Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region had signed an agreement, Chen Jiping, deputy director of the Central Committee for Comprehensive Management of Public Security, said yesterday.

Authorities of these zones will conduct security checks on roads to Beijing to head off potential threats.


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