Intl community echoes Xi's speech at V-Day commemoration
Updated: 2015-09-03 23:45
Ramesh Chopra, a strategic analyst and former Indian Army Lieutenant general, said Xi's announcement to reduce Chinese armed forces personnel by 300,000 is a major driving action for the modernization of the Chinese military, which is also good for peace and stability of the region and the world.
Ochieng Adala, acting executive director at the Africa Peace Forum (APFO) based in Kenya, said that China was the victim of aggression, therefore China had good reasons to celebrate the WWII victory.
Peter Kagwanja, political scientist and CEO of Africa Policy Institute in Kenya, said that the parade is a fitting commemoration of China's victory against Fascist aggression during the WWII.
The war-time killings in China exposed the brutality of Japanese fascism and global fascism at large, said Kagwanja.
Levi Obonyo, director of the communication department of Daystar University in Kenya, said that China suffered immensely in the WWII and lost many citizens and its development was set back.
Obonyo noted that it was China that engaged the Japanese first, adding China refused to surrender and it was truly remarkable that China fought with such limited equipment and still held the Japanese back.
Metin Gurcan, a Turkish security analyst and scholar on changing character of warfare in Bilkent University in Ankara, said that, with this military parade, China gave a message that it did not forget the past.
Deniz Ulke Aribogan, member of the Faculty of Political Sciences of the Istanbul University, said that China's WWII victory was not only an achievement over Japanese aggression, but also a victory of the whole world against fascism.
Bo Zhiyue, director of New Zealand Contemporary China Research Center of Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, said that the decision to reduce the troops not only manifests China's determination to defend peace, but also offers a concrete measure to maintain regional and world peace.
The commemoration activities are very important because they will help people review the past, remember the lesson of the war, and safeguard peace, said Bo.
Qian Feng, vice president of Thailand's newspaper Asian Daily, said that Xi reiterated in his speech that China will never seek hegemony or expansion, and this reflects a traditional view in the Chinese culture and its firm resolve and confidence that China will take the path of peaceful development.
Falk Hoehn, president of the University of Applied Sciences Stralsund,Germany, who was invited to witness the military parade on Thursday in Beijing, told Xinhua that he was impressed by the message of peace sent by Xi, especially his remarks "China will never seek hegemony or expansion. It will never inflict its past suffering on any other nation."
"That is why I think the clear statement made by Xi that China poses no threat is very important," Hoehn said.