Visuals from the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China at Tiananmen Square in Beijing on July 1, 2021.
Visuals from the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China at Tiananmen Square in Beijing on July 1, 2021.
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China's ruling Communist Party celebrated its 100th anniversary on Thursday at the Tiananmen Square here, with thousands of party workers and school children singing songs praising the party and the country.

The celebrations began with a flypast and Chinese President Xi Jinping, who heads the Communist Party of China (CPC), arrived at the function dressed in the Mao suit.

While there was no military parade, army, air force and navy personnel participated in a brief march.

Thousands of school children accompanied with military bands sang songs praising the CPC.

Addressing the centenary celebrations, Jinping said that China will elevate its armed forces to world-class standards with the aim to equip itself with "greater capacity" to safeguard its "national sovereignty, security, and development interests."

Jinping called for building a strong military to defend the country and warned that the Chinese people will never allow any foreign force to "bully, oppress, or subjugate them", as the country marked the 100th anniversary of the founding of the ruling Communist Party.

Here's a look at the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of China's ruling Communist Party.

People attend the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China at Tiananmen Square in Beijing on July 1, 2021.
People attend the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China at Tiananmen Square in Beijing on July 1, 2021.
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Chinese President Xi Jinping (C) attends the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China at Tiananmen Square in Beijing on July 1, 2021.
Chinese President Xi Jinping (C) attends the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China at Tiananmen Square in Beijing on July 1, 2021.
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Chinese President Xi Jinping (C) delivers a speech during the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China at Tiananmen Square in Beijing on July 1, 2021.
Chinese President Xi Jinping (C) delivers a speech during the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China at Tiananmen Square in Beijing on July 1, 2021.
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Visuals from the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China at Tiananmen Square in Beijing on July 1, 2021.
Visuals from the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China at Tiananmen Square in Beijing on July 1, 2021.
AFP
People look at buildings displaying a light show on the eve of the 100th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party in Beijing on July 1, 2021.
People look at buildings displaying a light show on the eve of the 100th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party in Beijing on July 1, 2021.
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Visuals from the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China at Tiananmen Square in Beijing on July 1, 2021.
Visuals from the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China at Tiananmen Square in Beijing on July 1, 2021.
AFP
Visuals from the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China at Tiananmen Square in Beijing on July 1, 2021.
Visuals from the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China at Tiananmen Square in Beijing on July 1, 2021.
AFP
Visuals from the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China at Tiananmen Square in Beijing on July 1, 2021.
Visuals from the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China at Tiananmen Square in Beijing on July 1, 2021.
AFP
Visuals from the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China at Tiananmen Square in Beijing on July 1, 2021.
Visuals from the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China at Tiananmen Square in Beijing on July 1, 2021.
AFP
Visuals from the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China at Tiananmen Square in Beijing on July 1, 2021.
Visuals from the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China at Tiananmen Square in Beijing on July 1, 2021.
AFP
Students wave Chinese flags before the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China at Tiananmen Square in Beijing on July 1, 2021.
Students wave Chinese flags before the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China at Tiananmen Square in Beijing on July 1, 2021.
AFP
A Chinese military band arrives for celebrations in Beijing on July 1, 2021, to mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China.
A Chinese military band arrives for celebrations in Beijing on July 1, 2021, to mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China.
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A attendee poses for a picture with military medals before the celebrations marking the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China in Beijing on July 1, 2021.
A attendee poses for a picture with military medals before the celebrations marking the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China in Beijing on July 1, 2021.
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Helicopters fly in formation making the sign 100 over Tiananmen Square during the celebrations marking the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China in Beijing on July 1, 2021.
Helicopters fly in formation making the sign 100 over Tiananmen Square during the celebrations marking the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China in Beijing on July 1, 2021.
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Military aircrafts fly over Tiananmen Square during the celebration marking the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China in Beijing on July 1, 2021.
Military aircrafts fly over Tiananmen Square during the celebration marking the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China in Beijing on July 1, 2021.
AFP
People of the Shui ethnic minority watch the celebrations to mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China in Danzhai, in Chinas southwestern Guizhou province on July 1, 2021.
People of the Shui ethnic minority watch the celebrations to mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China in Danzhai, in Chinas southwestern Guizhou province on July 1, 2021.
AFP
Staff members and customers watch a television showing the celebrations to mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China at a shopping mall in Yantai, in Chinas eastern Shandong province on July 1, 2021.
Staff members and customers watch a television showing the celebrations to mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China at a shopping mall in Yantai, in Chinas eastern Shandong province on July 1, 2021.
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People watch a large screen showing the celebrations to mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China in Yantai, in Chinas eastern Shandong province on July 1, 2021.
People watch a large screen showing the celebrations to mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China in Yantai, in Chinas eastern Shandong province on July 1, 2021.
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Passengers watch a screen showing Chinese President Xi Jinping giving a speech during celebrations to mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China at Hangzhou Railway Station, in Chinas eastern Zhejiang province on July 1, 2021.
Passengers watch a screen showing Chinese President Xi Jinping giving a speech during celebrations to mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China at Hangzhou Railway Station, in Chinas eastern Zhejiang province on July 1, 2021.
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