Foreign military units invited to WWII parade
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.
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