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Less TV, No Smog and Other Edicts for China’s Military Parade

It’s a familiar pattern to any Beijing resident who lived through the Summer 2008 Olympics and a summit of world leaders last year: Anxious for big-ticket events to go off without a hitch, China halts factories, orders cars off the roads and closes offices and schools.

The Communist Party is rolling out a long list of such measures for a Sept. 3 military parade commemorating the World War II victory over Japan. It will go even further this time, banning TV content that may be too frivolous, shutting the airport and closing off much of the city’s downtown during the parade.