No Japanese, North Korean state heads in China’s military parade

Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will not attend China’s commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II on September 3 nor does he plan to make a trip around that time, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said in a press conference Monday.

The Japanese official added that the “decision was made in light of factors such as the situation in the Diet,” referring to the premier’s busy schedule in parliament, Kyodo News reports. The ruling coalition is currently battling to pass controversial security bills to overhaul Japan’s defense policy.

China’s commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II involves a major military parade which will showcase its weaponry.

Meanwhile, the South Korean government has confirmed that President Park Geun-hye will be in China from September 2 to 4 at the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping. The South Korean President will attend an official ceremony on September 3, however, it is not yet clear if she will be present at the military parade.

According to report of South Korean Yonhap News Agency, a diplomatic source said North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has declined the invitation to attend the said event in China.