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Sunday, August 01, 2004

BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | China troops parade in Hong Kong

BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | China troops parade in Hong Kong: "China troops parade in Hong Kong
More than 3,000 Chinese troops have for the first time staged an Army Day parade in Hong Kong.
Some 15,000 people bought tickets to watch a display of military hardware and precision marching by the People's Liberation Army.
The troops marched at their barracks in sweltering heat, clapped by the crowds.
The parade was designed to boost patriotic sentiment ahead of elections in September, says the BBC's correspondent in Beijing, Louisa Lim.
Pro-democracy legislators were invited to the parade as a goodwill gesture but some refused to attend, seeing the march as a political stunt. "

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