China on lockdown for 70th anniversary

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Beijing is preparing to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China by holding a fireworks show and a massive military parade on Oct 1.

To prepare for the celebrations, Beijing has stopped several coal plants and construction sites from operating in order to ensure blue skies, while Chinese national flags have been set up on every corner of the city.

Chinese President Xi Jinping will address the public by giving a speech expected to celebrate China's economic growth, BBC News reports.

The national day parade will take place around Tiananmen Square amid heavy security. Only those invited will be allowed to attend.

China has banned any low-flying aerial vehicles such as light aircraft, drones, balloons and even racing pigeons from flying in the area on the day of the celebration.

Passengers on trains and vehicles heading to Beijing are already facing multiple safety checks ahead of the anniversary.

According to the BBC, Chinese social media platforms like Weibo have said that they are deleting content that "insults" or "distorts" the nation's history in a bid to tighten online control.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Map of China with the CCP logo, a fireworks show and a military parade
2. How Beijing is preparing for the anniversary
3. Chinese President Xi Jinping giving a speech
4. Parade around Tiananmen Square with heavy security
5. Low-flying aerial vehicles banned on the day of the celebration

VOICEOVER (in English):

"Beijing is preparing to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China by holding a fireworks show and a massive military parade on Oct 1."

"To prepare for the celebrations, Beijing has stopped several coal plants and construction sites from operating in order to ensure blue skies, while Chinese national flags have been set up on every corner of the city."

"BBC News reports Chinese President Xi Jinping will address the public by giving a speech expected to celebrate China's economic growth."

"The national day parade will take place around Tiananmen Square amid heavy security. Only those invited will be allowed to attend."

"China has banned any low-flying aerial vehicles such as light aircraft, drones, balloons and even racing pigeons from flying in the area on the day of the celebration."

SOURCES: BBC News, Reuters, Straits Times, Global Times, Xinhua
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-49806653
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-anniversary-parade/ahead-of-huge-parade-china-complains-of-strange-logic-about-its-military-idUSKBN1W911X
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/china-to-show-off-indigenous-advanced-weapons-in-military-parade-on-oct-1
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1165363.shtml
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1165450.shtml
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-09/25/c_138419226.htm