From war and revolutions to the Olympics and moon landings the People's Republic of China has undergone dramatic change. These images take a look at some of the most defining events in the nation's history.
The People's Republic of China (PRC) celebrates its 70 year anniversary on October 1. During this period, the gigantic country has risen from impoverished state to a major player in the world, challenging the US with its economic power and growing military might. The pictures highlight the country's enormously varied past: celebrations, challenges and turning points that the Chinese Communist Party and China's citizens have lived through since the nation's birth.