China unveils plans for first Victory Day parade on Sept 3

China on Tuesday announced plans for this year’s celebration of the 70th anniversary of the victory in World War II, and invited militaries of other countries to participate in a parade at Tian’anmen Square in Beijing on September 3.

It will be China's first parade to mark the victory in World War II

It will be China’s first parade to mark the victory in World War II

“It’s the first time that foreign troops have been invited to participate. We hope through this year’s military parade, history and the future can be connected, China and the world can be connected and the message of peace and development can be sent,” said Qu Rui, deputy director of parade steering group office, at a press conference on Tuesday, China Daily reported.

It will be China’s first parade to mark the victory, with foreign troops and domestic model troops, including the Eighth Route Army, the New Forth Army and the Southern China guerrilla, participating in the parade for the first time, said Qu.

To show respect to those who participated and supported the war, the parade will also invite veterans and their descendants. Other Chinese contingent will be made up of soldiers selected from China’s seven military regions, navy, air force, the Second Artillery Force of the People’s Liberation Army and People’s Armed Police, Qu said, adding that a lot of the military equipment will also be displayed for the first time during the parade.

Qu said to save time and be efficient, all troops taking part in the parade will receive extensive training three months prior to the parade in the autumn, and they have been gathered at bases and some nearby airfields in Beijing for training.

Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, will attend the event and deliver a speech.

At the event, Xi will award medals to veterans and generals who participated in the war and family dependents of the deceased.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the victory of the Chinese People’s War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression and the World Anti-Fascist War.

Japan signed the formal surrender on September 2, 1945, and China celebrated its victory the following day. September 3 was declared Victory Day.

“China will flex its military muscle again.” Perhaps that’s the main message many Western and Japanese media outlets will grab from the news that China may hold a grand military parade in September.

Such a fuss will only be a farce, even if the parade news is confirmed by the Chinese government. The unusual military parade, if it is held in September to mark the 70th anniversary of the victory of the Chinese People’s War of Resistance against Japanese aggression, it will only be part of the series of activities to commemorate the World Anti-Fascist War.


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  • China Lee

    The current tense US-China relationship is an unexpected outcome. During World War II, the US and China were strong allies. Chinese risked their lives to save downed American airmen.

    In contrast, the Japanese killed 111,606 Americans, wounded another 253,142 Americans, and took 21,580 as prisoners of war. Japan inflicted a total of 364,748 American casualties. To make things worse, the Japanese conducted horrific experiments on American prisoners of war.

    It doesn’t make any sense for the United States to be pro-Japan. History has shown that China is the natural ally of the United States and the Japanese hatred for the US is always lurking somewhere below the surface.

  • vox3non

    Sadly, the adage that “there are no permanent allies, only permanent interests” still hold true.

    The US neo-cons are looking out for number 1, and even if they have to befriend unsavoury countries, they will in order to maintain their preeminence . However, I suspect the the law of unintended consequences, will play havoc with the neo-cons plan.