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Communist China at 70

Beijing on lockdown for China's 70th national day

Tight security puts squeeze on transport networks and businesses

Posters with ideological slogans and patriotic messages line the streets of Beijing. (Photo by CK Tan)

BEIJING -- Security in the heart of China's capital is extremely tight ahead of the country's 70th National Day on Tuesday, with residents told to keep curtains shut and businesses facing disruptions.

The presence of security forces near Tiananmen Square -- the main venue for the celebrations -- and in subway stations appears even more pronounced than it was for the annual legislative meetings in March.

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