ASIA-PACIFIC: China Celebrates End of War with Japan 70th Anniversary
V-J Day, Chinese Style.
Beijing pulled out all the stops Thursday (September 3) in a massive, colorful display of military might marking the end of World War II.
For China, the war began in 1937 — two years before Germany invaded Poland and Britain and France declared war. In China, the conflict is known as the Chinese People’s War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression and the World Anti-Fascist War, the end of that war has been commemorated on September 3 in China since 1951, according to the English language website of Xinhua News Service. It became a national memorial day in 2014.
More than 12,000 officers and troops of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) marched in China’s capital, along with 500 weapons platforms, the New York Times reported, adding that about 200 aircraft were also on display.
China closed thousands of factories to clear Beijing’s normally smoggy air before the event. Chinese stock markets in Hong Kong and Shanghai were also closed to honor the anniversary and regular television programing was suspended to maintain a respectful atmosphere for the commemoration.
In a speech, Presiden Xi Jinging announced that he would reduce the size of the country’s military by 300,000 troops. China’s military is estimated at more than two million, The Guardian reported.
Xi doffed his usual suit and tie during the parade, wearing instead a more traditional uniform-like suit, similar to the clothes worn for decades after the Communist Party came to power in 1949.
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