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.