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China rehearses V-Day parade

Updated: Aug 23,2015 2:46 PM     Xinhua

The military band of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army takes part in a rehearsal for a military parade in Beijing, capital of China, Aug 23, 2015. China will hold a grand military parade on Sept 3 to mark the 70th anniversary of the victory of the Chinese People’s War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggressions and the World Anti-Fascist War.[Photo/Xinhua]

BEIJING — China held a large-scale rehearsal for the Sept 3 military parade from the evening of Aug 22 to the morning of Aug 23 in Tian’anmen Square and along the Chang’an Avenue in downtown Beijing.

More than 10,000 servicemen and servicewomen, about 500 military vehicles and nearly 200 aircraft attended the rehearsal, Xinhua learned from a military source.

All formations, including foreign troops and World War II veterans, were present while about 35,000 guests observed the parade.

The guard of honor of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army’s Three Services takes part in a rehearsal for a military parade in Beijing, capital of China, Aug 23, 2015. China will hold a grand military parade on Sept 3 to mark the 70th anniversary of the victory of the Chinese People’s War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggressions and the World Anti-Fascist War. [Photo/Xinhua]

The rehearsal was “smooth and orderly” and achieved the expected results, the source said.

The upcoming parade will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II and the victory of the war of China’s resistance against the Japanese invasion.

The rehearsal was held on the weekend to minimize inconvenience caused by traffic control in various parts of Beijing.

A formation of military aircrafts is seen in a rehearsal for a military parade in Beijing, capital of China, Aug 23, 2015. China will hold a grand military parade on Sept 3 to mark the 70th anniversary of the victory of the Chinese People’s War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggressions and the World Anti-Fascist War. [Photo/Xinhua]

Soldiers take part in a rehearsal for a military parade in Beijing, capital of China, Aug 23, 2015. China will hold a grand military parade on Sept 3 to mark the 70th anniversary of the victory of the Chinese People’s War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggressions and the World Anti-Fascist War. [Photo/Xinhua]

Soldiers take part in a rehearsal for a military parade in Beijing, capital of China, Aug 23, 2015. China will hold a grand military parade on Sept 3 to mark the 70th anniversary of the victory of the Chinese People’s War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggressions and the World Anti-Fascist War. [Photo/Xinhua]

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