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Xi and Jiang smile for the crowd

KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

BEIJING -- The constellation Orion could be seen twinkling in the early hours of Sept. 3, thanks to a temporary shutdown of factories in and around the Chinese capital. The shutdown order was meant to clear the city's cloud of air pollution and ensure blue skies during the day's massive military parade.

Intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the U.S. are carried by military vehicles on Sept. 3. (Photo by Takaki Kashiwabara)

     The parade was in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of China's victory in "the war of resistance against Japanese aggression" as well as "the world anti-fascist war."

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