China's communist government is celebrating the 60th anniversary of its rise to power Wednesday.
President Hu Jintao reviewed thousands of gray jacketed military troops in Beijing's Tiananmen Square.
The jacket was worn in memory of Mao Tse Tung, who led the communist revolution in China and established the People's Republic of China in 1949.
"On this joyful and solemn occasion, all the peoples across the nation feel extremely proud for the progress and development of the motherland and have full confidence in the bright prospects for the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation," Hu said.
Meanwhile in the U.S., the top of the Empire State Building was decorated with yellow and red lights in honor of the anniversary.
Supporters of a Free Tibet gathered outside the building to protest China's rule over the country.