For­eign mil­i­tary units in­vited to WWII pa­rade

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China 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 Sept 3.

It will be China’s first pa­rade to mark the vic­tory, with for­eign troops and do­mes­tic troops. Ja­pan signed the for­mal sur­ren­der on Septem­ber 2, 1945, and China cel­e­brated its vic­tory the fol­low­ing day, which was de­clared Vic­tory Day.

Qu Rui, deputy di­rec­tor of pa­rade steer­ing group of­fice, said that a lot of the mil­i­tary equip­ment will be dis­played for the first time in the pa­rade.

He said all troops tak­ing part in the pa­rade will re­ceive ex­ten­sive train­ing three months prior to the pa­rade and they have gath­ered at bases and some nearby airfi in Bei­jing for train­ing.

DAI ZHEN­HUA / CHINA DAILY

Vil­lagers re­move soil as they try to help an ele­phant calf that fell into a pit in Yun­nan province, on Mon­day. The calf be­came trapped while look­ing for food, ac­cord­ing to wit­nesses. It was even­tu­ally freed by po­lice us­ing an ex­ca­va­tor, and was last seen head­ing into a nearby for­est.

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