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The People's Republic of China at 70: Elderly in capital Beijing look back at how their lives have changed

Celebrations will get underway on October 1, 2019, to mark 70 years since the People's Republic of China (PRC) was founded following a Communist Party civil war victory that drove their Nationalist opponents to the island of Taiwan.

As the mainland prepared to mark the milestone, the South China Morning Post spoke to several elderly people in Beijing who were only children when the PRC was founded. Decades later, they clearly remember what life was like before the Communists came to power,…