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In China, a host of restrictions herald a major military parade

In China, a host of restrictions herald a major military parade

Xiao Qing knows the drill. First, the Communist Party announces an event with great fanfare — a political summit or perhaps a major sports tournament. Then Beijing authorities cancel flights, close schools, order cars off the roads and enact a host of other seemingly arbitrary restrictions that make daily life in the capital an exercise in inconvenience. So when Xiao heard about plans for a massive military parade Sept. 3, she knew what was coming. "What can we do if we don't like it? Nothing," said the 27-year-old graphic designer. "So it doesn't matter whether [the restrictions] are inconvenient or not. We all have gotten used to it.... None of my...

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