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A special day; a special parade

Editor: Li Kun 丨CCTV.com

09-03-2015 13:06 BJT

By Han Xudong, National Defense University

Today, China has held a grand parade that captured the world's attention, which commemorated the 70th Anniversary of Victory of  the Chinese People's War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression and the World Anti-Fascist War  and the first parade held on a non-National Day at Tiananmen Square.

For the first time foreign phalanxes were invited to participate in the parade; and 11 foreign phalanxes had marched, which had lightened up the eyes of Chinese people, and attracted global attention as well.

China's invitation of foreign phalanxes indicates that the Chinese military is enforcing its strength and broadening the scope by opening up more to the world. Accordingly, military transparency is rising with the idea of foreign military exchanges as a crucial factor.

China feels more confident about its military power in recent and more willing to strengthen military exchanges with peace-loving countries to enhance military relations and mutual trust to consolidate stability of the region and reduce tensions of the global military situation.

Additionally for the first time, the personnel composition of participating members had included "veterans". Ever since the founding ceremony of the new China, the grand parade had many young participating members. Except for a few senior officers, the actual rank of participants was low, mostly active duty personnel.

"Veterans" of all ages were active participants in today's parade. According to preliminary statistics, more than 50 generals joined in, who had flown the planes in person for inspections; and other generals who passed the podium marching in goose steps, which has been a rare phenomenon for many years in the past.

More than 300 veterans of the Chinese People's War against Japanese aggression stood in attendance, since they made vital contributions to the war effort.

This indicates that the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the Chinese government attach much importance to its veterans, regarding them as valuable national wealth, while the Chinese people show their respect and admiration for them. Consequently, the care of veterans can be further promoted.

Meanwhile, the weapons and equipment on display at the parade square column were all independently researched and developed. They have modern designs with the highest technologies at use.

As seen from the previous Tiananmen parade, the composition of the weapons and equipment in the founding ceremony parade were the most complex, and some were manufactured in liberated areas, while some were captured from Chiang Kaishek’s army, and others were military trophies from the  War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression. Afterwards, new weapons and equipment have been added to each of the subsequent parades. Even in the 1954 National Parade, all weapons were imported from the Soviet Union.

With ever-increasing capabilities, the domestic proportion of new weapons in the parade  has increased. In the 1956 National Parade, the homemade 85 mm cannons, 122 mm howitzers had appeared for the first time.

The weapons and the equipment have gradually developed to all localizations. Therefore, all weapons and equipment for this parade were homemade. The weapons and equipment are compatible with China’s status as a world big power. 


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