China Sleeps No More

On September 30, 2009, in China, by Mark Norris

It’s Oct. 1 in China, and final preparations are under way early this morning for the nation’s celebration of its 60th anniversary. President Hu will address millions attending a parade here in Beijing later this morning. More than 100,000 participants will march in what is billed as a bigger spectacle than the Olympics. Security is […]

It’s Oct. 1 in China, and final preparations are under way early this morning for the nation’s celebration of its 60th anniversary.

President Hu will address millions attending a parade here in Beijing later this morning. More than 100,000 participants will march in what is billed as a bigger spectacle than the Olympics.

Security is extremely tight. We were required to move to a hotel inside the security zone late last night, and columns of tanks, missile launchers and other mechanized weaponry awakened us around 3 A.M., thundering into position on the parade route.

Yesterday was packed with diplomacy and economic development meetings as well as an obligatory visit to The Great Wall. Today, however, China’s only endeavor is to celebrate and communicate its success as a superpower.

Napolean was right. He said, “There lies a sleeping giant. Let him sleep! For when he wakes he will move the world.”

China sleeps no more.

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