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Over ten countries to join China's V-Day parade: official

More than ten foreign armies will participate in China's military parade scheduled for Sept. 3 in Beijing to mark the 70th anniversary of China's victory in war against Japan aggression, an important part of World War II, a military official said Friday.


"At present, more than 10 countries, including Russia and Kazakhstan, have decided to send military contingents and representatives to the parade," said Qu Rui, deputy chief of the Operations Department of the General Staff Headquarters of the People's Liberation Army (PLA).

Foreign troops have already arrived to the parade's training base and are currently training with their Chinese counterparts, he said.

Qu was tight-lipped about which other countries have decided to participate, only saying that they include nations from Asia, Europe, Africa, Oceania and the Americas.

"Their participation in the parade is a clear indication of their attitude to jointly commemorate the victory in the world anti-fascist war, and a symbol of the pursuit of and hope for lasting world peace," he said.

Major General Wang Shun, who is also deputy commander of the parade, told journalists that foreign troops will enjoy an easy stay in China, with buffet meals in both Chinese and Western styles and free WiFi.

Their dormitories are equipped with laundry rooms, phone booths, foreign exchange services as well as football fields and swimming pools, he said, adding that buses have been arranged for group outings, he said.

China has held 14 military parades, all to mark the country's National Day celebrations.

The September 3 parade will be the first to commemorate the anniversary of victory in the Chinese People's War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression and WWII.

It is also the first time that foreign armies will participate in a military parade in China.

According to Qu, the parade will include more than 10,000 Chinese troops, who will march past the symbolic Tian'anmen Rostrum in the heart of Beijing, either on foot or in vehicles, while close to 200 military aircraft fly in formations overhead.

China will also show its military sophistication by rolling out 27 armament formations. About 84 percent of the weaponry and equipment has never been shown to the public before, Qu said.

[Source: Xinhua, Beijing, 21Aug15]

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