China’s latest weapons will be featured along with veteran resistance fighters in a grand parade in Tian’anmen Square on September 3 marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.
President Xi Jinping will speak at the event and present medals to the veterans or their family members.
Some foreign troops and Kuomintang veterans are being invited to take part in the parade.
Xi’s appearance at the event was announced by Wang Shiming, deputy head of the Publicity Department of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, at a news conference on June 23.
The invitations to foreign troops have already been sent out, but the list of parade participants has still to be decided, according to Qu Rui, a major-general and deputy director of the parade steering group office.
Qu said it is the first time that China has invited military forces from other countries to send representatives to take part in its victory anniversary parade.
It is also the first time that the Chinese mainland has invited Kuomintang veterans to the parade.
Qu said, “KMT troops played an important role in the Chinese People’s War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression.”
The main weaponry and equipment used in active service will be featured in the parade, with most being displayed for the first time, according to organizers.
Representatives of war veterans, civilians who provided support for the army during the war, as well as members of victims’ families will also join the parade.
The troops to be reviewed will come from seven departments, including the PLA navy and air force and the Second Artillery Force.
All domestic troops taking part in the parade have assembled at a training base in Beijing and at nearby airports. They will have trained for the parade for three months, Qu said.
China has held 14 National Day military parades, but it is the first time that a parade will have been staged to mark victory in the Chinese People’s War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression in World War II.
“Through this year’s parade, we hope to demonstrate China’s adherence to the path of peaceful development, as well as its firm resolve to maintain world peace and defend national sovereignty,” Qu added.
Other commemorations planned for coming months include:
* July 7: Opening ceremony for exhibition in Beijing at Museum of the War of the Chinese People’s Resistance against Japanese Aggression.
* Sept 18: CPC Liaoning provincial committee and Liaoning provincial government to hold bell-ringing and siren-wailing ceremony at the September 18 Historical Museum in Shenyang. On Sept 18, 1931, Japanese troops invaded China’s northeast.
* Dec 13: Public memorial ceremony to be held by CPC Central Committee and State Council at the Memorial Hall for Victims of the Nanjing Massacre by Japanese Invaders for those who died in the massacre.
* War veterans, generals and family members of those who died nationwide will be visited and comforted. State Council will unveil second group of state-level historical sites and memorial facilities. Ministry of Civil Affairs to announce second group of well-known war martyrs.
* People’s Bank of China to issue set of commemorative coins and State Post Bureau to release set of stamps marking victory anniversary.