Roads to close for pa­rade re­hearsals

Some sub­way sta­tions to close on Thurs­day, Satur­day in prepa­ra­tion for vic­tory cer­e­mony

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By ZHAO YI­NAN zhaoy­i­nan@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Bei­jing will shut down roads and close metro sta­tions on Thurs­day and Satur­day for night re­hearsals for a pa­rade next month mark­ing vic­tory in the War of Re­sis­tance against Ja­panese Ag­gres­sion (1937-45).

Re­hearsals for the me­mo­rial cer­e­mony, which in­cludes a mil­i­tary pa­rade, will be held on Thurs­day and Satur­day, be­tween 10:30 pm and 4 am, ac­cord­ing to a no­tice posted online by the city’s public se­cu­rity author­i­ties.

Streets around Tian’an­men Square and Chang’anAv­enue, where sol­diers and mil­i­tary equip­ment will pass for in­spec­tion by State lead­ers, will be closed dur­ing the re­hearsals. Night park­ing will also be banned on sev­eral other roads in the area. Ve­hi­cles can only en­ter the re­hearsal area with a per­mit.

Five metro sta­tions along Chang’an Av­enue, in­clud­ing Jian­guomen, Dong­dan, Wang­fu­jing, Tian’an­men East and Tian’an­men West, will be closed to the public from 11 pm un­til early in the morn­ing both days.

No de­tails about the re­hearsals have been re­leased so far by the author­i­ties, but cut­ting-edgeChi­nese mil­i­tary equip­ment in ac­tive ser­vice is ex­pected to be dis­played dur­ing the cer­e­mony.

Qiao Liang, a pro­fes­sor of mil­i­tary the­ory at PLA Na­tional De­fense Univer­sity, told Bei­jing News that the Chi­nese-made fighter jets Jian10 and Jian11B, along with the latest mil­i­tary he­li­copters, are likely to take part in what will be the first na­tional-level pa­rade cel­e­brat­ing vic­tory in the war. It will also be Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping’s first pa­rade in­spec­tion in his State.

Dur­ing the cel­e­bra­tions, Xi will de­liver a speech and award medals to vet­er­ans, as well as to fam­ily mem­bers of those who have died, ac­cord­ing to Xin­hua News Agency.

As the pa­rade draws near, stricter traf­fic con­trols will be ap­plied in the cap­i­tal. About half the ve­hi­cles in the city will be banned from the road from Aug 20 to Sept 3, based on an even- and odd-num­bered li­cense plate plan, as part of the cap­i­tal’s ef­forts to en­sure blue skies for the cer­e­mony.

In ad­di­tion, more than 1,300 con­struc­tion sites will be asked to shut down, and work in in­dus­tries such as petro­chem­i­cals, con­struc­tion ma­te­ri­als and in­dus­trial paint­ing will be sus­pended.

Pri­mary schools and high schools are be­ing asked by lo­cal ed­u­ca­tion author­i­ties to post­pone their open­ings un­til Sept 7, a week later than usual. Univer­si­ties in Bei­jing will open af­ter Sept 7 to re­duce traf­fic bur­dens.

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