Xi ascends Tian'anmen Rostrum to attend National Day celebrations
Chinese President Xi Jinping ascended the Tian'anmen Rostrum at the heart of Beijing on Tuesday morning to attend a grand gathering to celebrate the 70th founding anniversary of the People's Republic of China (PRC).
Xi is the first top Chinese leader born after 1949 when the PRC was founded.
On Oct. 1, 1949, Mao Zedong declared the founding of the PRC on the Tian'anmen Rostrum.
At 10am Tuesday, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang announced the start of the celebrations for the 70th founding anniversary of the People's Republic of China.
Following the announcement, a solemn flag-raising ceremony in celebration of the 70th founding anniversary of the People's Republic of China was held.
Amid 70 gun salutes, the national flag guards escorted a five-star red flag marching from the Monument to the People's Heroes toward the national flag post in the northern part of Tian'anmen Square.
While the flag was being hoisted, ceremony attendees sang loudly as a military band played the national anthem.