Nine lead­ers say they’ll at­tend event

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By CHEN­MENG­WEI chen­meng­wei@ chi­

At least nine for­eign na­tional lead­ers, in­clud­ing Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin, have con­firmed they will at­tend Bei­jing’s mil­i­tary pa­rade to mark the 70th an­niver­sary of vic­tory in the War of Re­sis­tance against Ja­panese Ag­gres­sion (193745), media re­ports say. South Korean Pres­i­dent Park Ge­un­hye will an­nounce her de­ci­sion no later than next week, her spokesman said.

The lead­ers of Rus­sia, Kaza­khstan, Kyr­gyzs­tan, Ta­jik­istan and Uzbek­istan — all mem­bers of the Shang­hai Co­op­er­a­tion Or­ga­ni­za­tion — have con­firmed they will come to Bei­jing for the cel­e­bra­tion, ac­cord­ing toRus­sian news agency RIA Novosti.

Czech Re­pub­lic Pres­i­dent Mi­los Ze­man was the first Euro­pean Union leader to ac­cept Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping’s in­vi­ta­tion to at­tend the cel­e­bra­tion, ac­cord­ing to Rus­sia’s Sput­nik News Agency.

Mon­go­lian Pres­i­dent Tsakhi­agiin El­beg­dorj will come to the pa­rade with 75 Mon­go­lian sol­diers to pay trib­ute to the vic­tory, which their coun­try con­trib­uted to, ac­cord­ing to, an online news por­tal.

Egyp­tian Pres­i­dent Ab­delFat­tah al-Sisi has also promised to be at the pa­rade, ac­cord­ing to Egypt’s Mid­dle East News Agency. Ser­bian Pres­i­dent Tomis­lav Nikolic, along with mem­bers of the Ser­bian Armed Forces and one unit of the Na­tional Guard, will at­tend, ac­cord­ing to the Bel­grade daily Ve­cernje Novosti.

Jia Xiudong, a se­nior in­ter­na­tional af­fairs re­searcher at the China In­sti­tute of Int er­na­tional Stud­ies, said a joint cel­e­bra­tion across dif­fer­ent na­tions of the vic­tory inWorld War II is a tra­di­tion.

“China is tak­ing the op­por­tu­nity to in­vite lead­ers of other na­tions to seek two things — peace and co­op­er­a­tion,” Jia said.

“In the past, China and some other coun­tries fought fas­cism to­gether. Now is the time for these coun­tries to fo­cus on co­op­er­a­tion to bet­ter cope with the chal­lenges in a changed world.”

Park will make an an­nounce­ment late this week or early next week on whether she will come to Bei­jing, Yon­hap News Agency re­ported. Both Seoul and Washington have de­nied a Ja­panese media re­port that the US has sent mes­sages via diplo­matic chan­nels telling Park not to at­tend. Yang Yixi con­trib­uted to this story

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