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More than 10 countries to join China's V-Day parade

By Xinhua

More than 10 countries to join China's V-Day parade
China's soldiers march through Red Square during the Victory Day military parade in Moscow on May 9, 2015. (AFP PHOTO / K IRILL KUDRYAVTSEV)

BEIJING - Representatives of more than ten foreign armies will march in China's WWII memorial parade scheduled on Sept 3 in Beijing to mark the 70th anniversary of the victory of China's resistance against Japan and the world anti-Fascist war, a military officer said Friday.

The foreign troops that will join the parade are from countries in Asia, Europe, Africa the Americas and Oceana, parade deputy commander Qu Rui told a news conference in Beijing. He mentioned by name Russia and Kazakhstan and said more information will be released later.

"Their participation in the parade is a clear indication of their attitude of commemorating the victory of the world anti-fascist war jointly, and a symbol of the aspiration for and pursuit of enduring world peace," Qu said.

Qu said 12,000 troops will take part in the Sept 3 event, along with 27 formations of military equipment and 10 formations of helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft.

About 84 percent of the armament, to be showcased in the Sept 3 military parade, has never been presented to the public before, he said.

The Army, Navy, Air Force, Second Artillery Force and Armed Police will all debut their new armament, said Qu, deputy director of the Office of the Parade Leading Team and Deputy Chief of the Operations Department of the General Staff Headquarters. All of the armament are Chinese-made, Qu said.

Veterans who fought in war will appear in the military parade.

The veterans, who will ride in minibuses in two formations, represent both the anti-Japanese forces led by the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the Kuomintang (KMT) Party.

The veterans' average age is 90 and they all live on the Chinese mainland, Qu said.

At the press conference, Major General Wang Shun said that to make the training more scientific and reasonable, parade units have been equipped with China's indigenous positioning system - the Beidou automatic time service system.

Wang, who is deputy chief of staff of Beijing Military Area Command and deputy commander of the parade, said the application of electronic parade sand model and the simulation and emulation system has greatly improved the efficiency of the training.

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