Over 15,000 military personnel participated in the military review, which also included more than 160 aircraft and 580 pieces of military equipment
A gala also held in the capital city.
All, part of the National Day celebrations.
Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam traveled to Beijing for the 70th anniversary, as did Financial Secretary Paul Chan, amid 18 consecutive weeks of mass demonstrations in the special administrative region.
In his speech Tuesday, Xi said that the central government would “maintain long-term prosperity and stability of Hong Kong and Macao.”
“Forging ahead, we must remain committed to the strategy of peaceful reunification, and ’One Country, Two Systems,” Xi said. He added that China would “advance peaceful development of cross-strait relations, unite the whole country and continue to strive forward the complete unification of our country.”
Separately, during a speech at a reception on Monday night, Xi stressed China’s need to be unified under the Communist Party in order to overcome challenges.
“Unity is iron and steel; unity is a source of strength,” Xi said, according to an English-language transcript from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Chinese leader reiterated the government’s position of “One Country, Two Systems” on Hong Kong and Macao, as well as the “One-China” principle on Taiwan. Xi said, “The complete reunification of the motherland is an inevitable trend; it is what the greater national interests entail and what all Chinese people aspire for. No one and no force can ever stop it!”