2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the victory in the Chinese Anti-Japanese War and the World Anti-Fascist War. China will hold the parade at Tiananmen Square of Beijing on Sept.3. On Sept 2, 1945, Japan signed for the formal surrender and the government announced celebration of the victory on the following day. The September 3 was declared Victory Day. It will be the first time for China to commemorate the event.
On the morning of September 3, the Convention for commemorating the the 70th anniversary of the victory in Chinese anti-Japanese War and World anti-Fascist War (including parade) will be held in the name of CPC Central Committee, the National People’s Congress, the State Council, the National Committee of the CPPCC, the Central Military Commission. President Xi Jinping will deliver a speech. President Xi Jinping will present commemorative medals to veterans who fought in the Chinese Anti-Japanese War. The veterans who are eligible to receive the medals include those who once served in the Communist Party of China’s counter-Japanese forces, like the Eight Route Army, New Fourth Army, Northeast China Counter-Japanese United Forces and South China Guerrillas.
30 heads of state and government leaders, including Russian President Vladimir Putin and Republic of Korea (RoK) President Park Geun-hye, will attend the military parade on Sept. 3. Other foreign leaders include South African President Jacob Zuma, Myanmar President Thein Sein, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang.
The foreign troops from 17 countries will participate the China’s military parade on Sept.3 These 17 countries include Belarus, Cuba, Egypt, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Mongolia, Pakistan, Serbia, Tajikistan, Russia, Afghanistan, Cambodia, Fiji, Laos, Vanuatu and Venezuela.
A series of activities have been planned to draw attention to Japan’s war-time legacy of aggression in the following days after Sept.3. For exmaple, a traditional “bell-striking” ceremony will be held in Shenyang city on September 18, to mark one of the earliest acts of violence that marked the beginning of Japan’s invasion. A public memorial service will also be held for the 300,000 people killed in the Nanjing Massacre.
Some attractions is closed from Augst 22 to September3. The parade site and surrounding areas will be restricted including Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City. These closed attractions contain Tiananmen Tower, Chairman Mao Memorial Hall, Qianmen Street, Dashilar Street, Wangfujing Street, Xidan Commercial Street, and Dongdan Commercial Street, Working People’s Cultural Palace and Zhongshan Park.
Seven parks will be restricted temporarily. Taoranting Park, Chaoyang Park, Lianhuachi Park, Longtan Park, Honglingjin Park, and Yaowahu Park on August 23 till 12:00, and on September 3 till 14:00; Yuyuantan Park from 22:30 of August 22 to 12:00 of August 23 and 22:30 of September 2 to 14:00 of September 3. Yonghe Lamasery will be closed on September 3