Experts on China's V-Day Parade

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Added On September 5, 2015

 

 
China has held a military parade in Beijing's Tian'anmen square to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the victory in World War II. 
 
It's the first ever time the country has held a parade to celebrate the victory in the counter-Japanese war 70 years ago.
 
Foreign experts and diplomat highly praised the parade and other commemorative activities.
 
Russian expert on China's V-Day parade
 
Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday granted medals to Chinese and foreign veterans and civilians who fought for China in World War II.
 
Aleksey Maslov, head of School of Asian Studies of the Higher School of Economics said it shows China's determination of defending the world's peace.
 
SUBTITLE: 'V-DAY NOT OVER JAPAN, BUT ALL AGGRESSION'
 
SOUNDBITE(RUSSIAN)ALEKSEY MASLOV, School of Asian Studies of the Higher School of Economics 
"One of the main ideas of Chinese president Xi Jinping and the Chinese leaders is that it's not the victory of China or the Soviet Union alone, it's a common victory. It is not over Japan or Germany, it's a victory over any kind of aggression. So we celebrate it with veterans not just in the activities, we also should give a very good example to the future generations that we will always defend the peaceful world."
 
SUBTITLE: 'TROOPS REDUCTION VERY IMPORTANT PART'
 
SOUNDBITE(RUSSIAN)ALEKSEY MASLOV, School of Asian Studies of the Higher School of Economics 
"Well, for sure the parade was really successful and it was very symbolic, because I think that this is a combination of two very important parts. The first one is a military parade and very glorious parade. At the same time Chinese president Xi Jinping declared about the decreasing of the Chinese military forces. It means that this is not a military parade, it's a kind of remembrance about the Chinese history."
 
SUBTITLE: 'CHINA'S PREFERENCE: NO MILITARY CONFLICT'
 
Scott Kennedy, a China specialist at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in the U.S. said that the parade is a demonstration of Chinese soft power.
 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH)SCOTT KENNEDY, US think tank CSIS 
"I think the bigger purpose of the parade was a demonstration of Chinese soft power.It's a demonstration of China's desire to strike its own path and it's consistent with China's goal on governance, economy.
I would agree that China's military preference is not to have a military conflict. But it's preparing a strong deterrent in case there is any threat to China, and it's sovereignty claims. If for some reason China ended up in a military conflict,it would probably have very negative implications for the life of people, so pursing peace is a good idea."
 
SUBTITLE: 'WE CAN SEE CHINESE LOVE FOR WORLD PEACE'
 
Egypt's former ambassador to China Mahmoud Allam said that the presence of soldiers from different countries show the theme of the parade. 
 
SOUNDBITE(ARABICS)MAHMOUD ALLAM, Egypt's former ambassador to China
"We can see Chinese people at different ages, from different ethnic groups came together in the parade. It shows the solidarity and patriotism of Chinese people. Although Chinese army is very strong, we can see Chinese people's love for world peace. The goal of building the army is to protect their own country."