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.
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).
"The celebrtions are not targeting Japan, nor the Japanese people," Zhang Ming, vice-minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told the press conference.
The military parade is to "remember history, cherish the memory of China's revolutionary maytrs, uphold peace and create the future."
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