On October 1, 1949 a grand ceremony was witnessed by 300,000 people in Beijing's Tiananmen Square, and Mao Zedong, chairman of the Central People's Government, solemnly proclaimed the founding of the People's Republic of China (PRC).
On October 1, 1984, Deng Xiaoping paticipated in China National Day Military Parade. In 1979, China instituted a guiding policy of “reform and opening to the outside world” under Deng's leadership, and the focus was shifted to modernization. Major efforts were made to reform the economic and political systems.
On October 1, 1999, Jiang Zemin paticipated in China National Day Military Parade. China was step by step establishing a road with Chinese characteristics, a road that would lead to socialist modernization. Profound changes have come about in China since the country embarked on the policy of reform and opening-up.
Chinese President Hu Jintao. The situation in China is the best ever, characterized by a swiftly and vigorously advancing economy and markedly improved living standard.