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China bans flying pigeons and drones while Beijing prepares for its 70th anniversary military parade



China has banned flying pigeons and drones over Central Beijing as the nation prepares for the 70th anniversary of the ruling Communist Party on October 1, which includes a massive military parade. Training pigeons and racing pigeons are a popular hobby in China. Many districts of Beijing harbor pigeon barns on their roofs. 15

Military aircraft over the parade route were spotted during the weekend as tanks and other military vehicles rolled along the streets below. Viewers could look at the samples from a block away behind barriers.

  A Chinese flagged helicopter flies over the central business district in Beijing on Sunday. (AP Photo / Mark Schiefelbein)

A Chinese flagged helicopter flies over the central business district in Beijing on Sunday. (AP Photo / Mark Schiefelbein)

More than 100,000 people will attend the parade, which the organizers said will be bigger than the previous anniversary parades. For the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, China last held a military parade in 2015. President Xi Jinping is expected to speak at the ceremony.

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The parade and related ceremonies are held at Tiananmen Square in Beijing establishing the People's Republic of China on October 1, 1949, after the nationalist army of Chiang Kai-shek had been defeated in a civil war. The nationalists retreated to Taiwan, where they formed a rival government, the Republic of China.

One possible shadow over the celebration could be the turbulent protests in Hong Kong to maintain its autonomy vis-à-vis China. A June extradition law sparked protests after many viewed it as an example of Beijing's increasing interference with its freedoms. The city's 16 districts began on September 15, the Beijing city government said on its website.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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