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China's V-Day parade salutes history

Editor: Zhang Dan 丨CCTV.com

06-26-2015 15:34 BJT

By Wang Yi, associate professor, school of politics and public administration, Shanxi University; researcher, Charhar Institute

The State Council Information Office held a press conference on the morning of June 23. Wang Shiming, deputy head of the Publicity Department of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, and Qu Rui, deputy director of the Parade Steering Group Office, announced general arrangements for the 70th anniversary ceremony of victory in the Chinese People's War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression, and the victory of World War II, and answered questions from journalists.

The ceremony will be held in Tiananmen on the morning of September 3 in the name of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, the National People's Congress Standing Committee, the State Council and the Central Military Commission. The main agenda of the ceremony includes President Xi Jinping, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee making an important speech, reviewing troops and presenting medals to representatives of war veterans and relatives of deceased military officers. The military parade is the central focus of the whole ceremony and has attracted much attention.

This military review commemorates history. China was bullied by various powers for nearly a century during modern times. Of all the invasions by foreign countries, the Japanese militarists lasted the longest, caused the most serious damage and brought the greatest calamity to China. The Chinese people, together with anti-fascist forces of the world, beat the Japanese fascists and won national independence.

The invasion and torment of that time left behind miserable memories for all Chinese. The spirit of sacrifice and resistance of national martyrs are an invaluable spiritual wealth. Representatives of veterans, civilians who supported the army during the war and relatives of the fallen will take part in the parade. Active units of the war-time Eighth Route Army, New Fourth Army, Northeast Anti-Japanese United Forces and South China Guerrillas will participate in the parade.

September 3 is the Victory Day of the Chinese People's War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression. The military parade on that day will deepen the memory of history and boost national spirit.

Since the founding of the People’s Republic of China, the Chinese people have been united through more than 60 years of struggle under the leadership of the Communist Party in building China into a major country in the world. A large military parade is bound to be deeply influential. All the military paraphernalia to be reviewed is domestic equipment that showcases the progress of the Chinese army and the latest achievements of military modernization. It will motivate and encourage all CPC members, the People's Liberation Army and the Chinese people to make efforts for the rejuvenation of China.

It is also international: Foreign militaries are invited to participate in the parade. The parade will display the mighty and disciplined image of the Chinese army and enable other countries to realize that the Chinese army is a strong force maintaining national sovereignty, security and development. They will also see that the Chinese army is a force that supports peaceful development and world peace.

This is the first time China has organized a military parade to commemorate the Victory Day. It can help to clarify facts, uphold justice and maintain the correct direction for human civilization. Peace and development have become the trends of the 21st century. All countries, races and civilizations can only create a harmonious and beautiful future by respecting, coexisting with and learning from each other.



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