China releases list of world leaders attending V-Day parade

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Officers and soldiers of China’s People’s Liberation Army hold a flag and weapons during a training session for a military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two, at a military base in Beijing, China, August 22, 2015. Troops from at least 10 countries including Russia and Kazakhstan, will join an unprecedented military parade in Beijing next month to commemorate China’s victory over Japan during World War Two, Chinese officials said. The parade on September 3 will involve about 12,000 Chinese troops and 200 aircraft, Qi Rui, deputy director of the government office organising the parade, told reporters in Beijing on Friday. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

China has revealed the list of world leaders who have confirmed their upcoming attendance of the grand Victory Day military parade to mark China’s resistance against Japanese aggression and the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII.

Thirty heads of state and government leaders will attend China’s V-Day celebrations on Sept. 3, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, South Korean President Park Geun-Hye, and South African President Jacob Zuma, according to a press conference held by China’s State Council Information Office on Tuesday.

An officer gives instructions as soldiers of China's People's Liberation Army rehearse during a training session for a military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the World War Two, at a military base in Beijing, China, August 22, 2015. Troops from at least 10 countries including Russia and Kazakhstan will join an unprecedented military parade in Beijing next month to commemorate China's victory over Japan during World War Two, Chinese officials said. The parade on Sept. 3 will involve about 12,000 Chinese troops and 200 aircraft, Qi Rui, deputy director of the government office organizing the parade, told reporters in Beijing on Friday. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

An officer gives instructions as soldiers of China’s People’s Liberation Army rehearse during a training session for a military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the World War Two, at a military base in Beijing, China, August 22, 2015. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Other foreign leaders include Myanmar President Thein Sein, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, and Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon will also attend.

Six former politicians including former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, and former Japanese Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama will also be attending the celebrations.

Soldiers of China's People's Liberation Army attend a training session for a military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two, at a military base in Beijing, China, August 22, 2015. Troops from at least 10 countries including Russia and Kazakhstan will join an unprecedented military parade in Beijing next month to commemorate China's victory over Japan during World War Two, Chinese officials said. The parade on September 3 will involve about 12,000 Chinese troops and 200 aircraft, Qi Rui, deputy director of the government office organizing the parade, told reporters in Beijing on Friday. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Soldiers of China’s People’s Liberation Army attend a training session for a military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two, at a military base in Beijing, China, Aug. 22, 2015. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Reporters at the news conference showed interest about the leaders who will not attend the celebration, and how China’s leaders viewed that.

When asked about Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s absence, Zhang Ming, vice minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, made China’s stance on the matter clear.

“China has noticed that Abe will be skipping the event because of his parliamentary schedule. We have stressed several times that the celebrations are not targeting specific countries, not Japan or its people. It has no direct link to current Sino-Japanese relations.”

Zhang also said that China respects each country’s own decision and welcomes all guests when certain countries do not plan to send their top leaders to the parade.

“History would not be changed by the attitude of certain countries.”

The vice foreign minister also dismissed concerns that China will be flexing its military muscles through the parade.

“The country is only demonstrating its aspiration for peace and a firm will to defend it.”

Zhang reiterated that the celebration is to “remember history, pay tribute to the martyrs, cherish peace, and open up to the future.”

“I believe China’s peaceful development will continue to win the support, understanding and blessing of the world.”

Zhang

Zhang Ming, vice minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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This year’s parade marks the first non-National Day military parade, with nearly 1,000 foreign troops from 17 countries participating. The troops have been training with their Chinese counterparts at the parade training base and will be grouped alphabetically by country name.

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Dozens of foreign war heroes will be acknowledged for their contributions, including veterans of the “Flying Tigers,” who will attend in person or send representatives. More than 100 foreign VIPs or relatives of wartime heroes from 15 countries will attend, such as relatives of Canadian doctor Norman Bethune, and Japanese veterans who served in the Eighth Route Army, a counter-Japanese force.

  • Ooooh! Lord

    Nobody would deny the fact that Ban is the representative of WW2 wining country, and went too far from the neutral position that the way he should be.

    • Sql

      UN Chief is a position held by honorable person, True in the past and true presently. I bet he grasps the world affairs and history better than you do. He followed his conscience, he followed rules, and acted on his duties.

  • Questioner

    WIN A PEACE PRIZE by correctly answering the following multiple choice question:

    China can best demonstrate its “aspiration for peace” by:

    1.) A mammoth military parade including including 12,000 armed troops, 200 military aircraft and squadrons of tanks;

    2.) A state-sponsored propaganda campaign which never permits war wounds to heal by constantly reminding mainland Chinese of WW II Japanese war atrocities;

    3.) A parade of monks, priests, rabbis, ministers, reverends, imams and others chanting and praying for peace to be televised worldwide;

    4.) Government officials lamely attempting to explain how military parades demonstrate a nation’s desire for peace.

    5.) Numbers 1.),2.) and 4.) only.

    Send your hand-written answer with a self-addressed envelope to President Xi Jinping, Beijing, PRC before September 3, 2015.

    • dave

      What’s your question? I do not see a question. You should answer my question before you make fictional statements. First of all China never attacked or tried to take over other countries. So why you question the peace statement? This is only a military parade… Other global leaders have military exercises right outside China borders. why you don’t question their so called peace statement? Propaganda on Japan??? I dont think that is propaganda when every single Chinese in this world knows what they have done and keeps on doing. FYI it is not only the Chinese I bet you the whole country of South Korea and American War veterans would agree with me. What does this got to do with religious leaders? This is a victory day parade for the nation… it got nothing to do with religion. Lastly, you should question all the countries that have and continue to try take over China first before you question China’s motive of protecting it’s own country. Send your mail to whoever hell hole of a country you came from.

  • Arshad Kazmi

    Long Live Pakistan-China Friendship
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  • Sql

    You don’t even know anything about peace prize. But we all know who will never get it, and he is not a Chinese.