David Thomas is an expert on doing business in China. With a successful history of forging global business relationships, David helps leaders, entrepreneurs and investors solve the China puzzle. As part of that, he’s launched a daily email newsletter ‘China Bites’ which you can read here on Targeting China.

Here’s a rare treat to start your Friday and I hope you will take a moment to watch rare and historic footage of the founding of the People’s Republic of China on 1st October 1949, including an extract of the address from Chairman Mao and images of CCP leaders admiring the large scale military parade taking place in Tiananmen Square. The video footage is surprisingly clear and in full colour.

Whilst the 1949 parade doesn’t match the pageantry and perfection of the one we saw in Beijing earlier this week, it conjures up images of a different world which was still recovering from the trauma of World War II and had limited funds available to project power and confidence. You can see moments of hesitation and anxiety as the new leaders take their place on the stage.

Please enjoy this. It takes you back to a very different time and place!

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