China will hold its first large military parade since 2009 this year to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, AFP reported.
One of its key goals is to “frighten Japan”, the report quoted state media as saying.
On the People’s Daily’s WeChat instant messaging account, the Communist Party’s official mouthpiece cited a report in the Hong Kong newspaper Wen Wei Po that a parade would be held this year to commemorate the anniversary of the war’s end.
One reason for mounting the parade was “to frighten Japan and declare to the world China’s determination to maintain the postwar world order”, said the article, written by Chinese financial and global affairs commentator Hu Zhanhao.
“Only by showing its military capabilities can [China] show Japan its attitude and determination and let it know that whoever dares to challenge the postwar order related to China and touch China’s core interests is its enemy and must be psychologically prepared for China’s strong counterattack,” it said.
Other reasons include showcasing China’s military strength and increasing Chinese pride, the article said.
The Wen Wei Po report gave Sept. 3 as the date of the parade, but that was not mentioned by the People’s Daily.
Asked about the reports at a regular briefing Tuesday, foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said China was planning a series of celebrations and commemorations related to the war but gave no details.
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