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    Flying flag with pride

    BEIJING (AP) – Spectators watched a masked, 96-member honour guard raise a Chinese flag on Tiananmen Square as the ruling Communist Party marked its 73rd anniversary in power on Saturday.

    The flag-hoisting at sunrise was one of the few National Day events planned after authorities called on the public to avoid travel during what usually is one of the country’s busiest tourism periods. National Day marks the anniversary of the October 1, 1949, founding of the People’s Republic of China by then-leader Mao Zedong.

    In Hong Kong, Chief Executive John Lee promised to revive the battered economy. He wore a red mask the colour of the Chinese flag and was flanked by masked dignitaries at a downtown convention centre.

    ABOVE & BELOW: People gather near Tiananmen Square for the flag-hoisting ceremony to mark the 73rd anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China; and a member of the Chinese honour guard unfurls the Chinese national flag. PHOTOS: AFP & XINHUA

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