Many sections of Hong Kong are festooned with decorations for the celebration of the 21st birthday of the People's Republic of China on Thursday (1st October).
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Background: Many sections of Hong Kong are festooned with decorations for the celebration of the 21st birthday of the People's Republic of China on Thursday (1st October).
Heavy monsoonal rain has hampered efforts by many left-wing organisations to get their decorations in place on city buildings, but many communist stores and cinemas have sported decorations for the past week.
Although 1st October is the Republic's National Day, celebrations in Hong Kong will continue for nearly a week and include hundreds of dinner parties, picnics, and launch trips. The most elaborate preparation are being made by the Chinese General Chamber of Commerce, and the Federation of Hong Kong Trade Unions. Some of the biggest decorations are to be seen on the Bank of China which also has placards emphasising the thoughts of Chairman Mao Tse-tung.
Local correspondents, who have noted a re-emergence of Chinese foreign diplomacy, believe this year's celebrations could prove as quiet as last year and are speculating that China may mark the occasion by testing its first international ballistic missile.
Thousands of Chinese in Hong Kong will also celebrate the 59th National Day of Taiwan, on 10th October, with receptions and variety concerts. On both national days, thousands of flags will fly over the colony in a confrontation which has continued in Hong Kong for the past 19 years.