30 heads of state to attend China's V-Day celebrations
Updated: 2015-08-25 10:54
Guards of honor take part in the military parade rehearsal on Chang'an Avenue in Beijing on Sunday morning. Li Gang / Xinhua
BEIJING - An official announced on Tuesday that 30 heads of state will attend China's V-Day celebrations on Sept 3, including Russian President Vladimir Putin and ROK President Park Geun-hye.
Russian troops will also take part in the military parade, according to a press conference held in Beijing to brief details of the parade.
A military parade will be held in front of the Tian'anmen Square to mark the end of World War II.
Choe Ryong-hae, a high-level official of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), will also attend the celebrations, said Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Russian President Vladimir Putin holding a portrait of his father, war veteran Vladimir Spiridonovich Putin, participates in the march of the Immortal Regiment at the Red Square, Moscow, May 9. [Photo/IC]
Nearly 1,000 foreign troops from 17 countries will participate in the military parade, 11 to dispatch formations and another six sending representative teams, said Qu Rui, deputy chief of the Operations Department of the General Staff Headquarters of the People's Liberation Army (PLA).
China "has taken notice" that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is unable to attend Beijing-based commemorations on Sept 3 marking victory in World War II, and the events "are not targeting any specific country," said Vice-Foreign Minister Zhang Ming.
"We have taken notice that the Japanese side said Prime Minsiter Shinzo Abe was unable to attend the Sept 3 commemorative activities because of 'parliamentary affairs'," Zhang said.
"We have stated several times that the events do not target any specific country, do not target today's Japan, not to mention the Japanese people, and it has no direct relevance to the current China-Japan relationship," Zhang said.
About 84 percent of the armament, to be showcased in the Sept 3 military parade, has never met the public before, said Qu Rui, deputy director of the Office of the Parade Leading Team and Deputy Chief of the Operations Department of the General Staff Headquarters on Aug 21.
The Army, Navy, Air Force, Second Artillery Force and Armed Police will debut their new armament and all of the armament are Chinese-made.