1,000 Troops from 17 countries join China’s military parade

On September 3 China will be commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II with a military parade showcasing its latest capabilities as one of the main events. Approximately 1,000 foreign troops from 17 countries will be joining the parade and are currently undergoing rehearsals, Chinese state media reports.

Belarus, Cuba, Egypt, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Mongolia, Pakistan, Serbia, Tajikistan and Russia sent 75 troops each joining the parade to march in formations, while Afghanistan, Cambodia, Fiji, Laos, Vanuatu and Venezuela sent squads of around 7 people each.

It was earlier announced by Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga that Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will not attend China’s commemoration nor does he plan to make a trip around that time.

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.