China’s military parade

China’s military parade

Newspapers have denied the allegations that China targeted Japan during its military parade. Several media outlets are abuzz with discussion about the parade after an article in the People’s Daily revealed that China will hold a ceremony to demonstrate its military might while marking the 70th anniversary of World War Two.The article says that the parade will “show China’s determination to maintain the post-war world order” and also prove to be a “deterrence force against Japan”. Describing the wide attention over the news as a “fuss” and “farce”, a China Daily article stresses that China is a “peace-loving country” and says the parade is “not aimed at planting hatred”.”China has no intention to taunt Japan by showing off its military might, even when Japanese politicians’ words and actions have intensified tensions in East Asia,” says the daily. The paper has been trying to protect any wrongdoings being done by the Chinese government. The paper reminds readers that Japanese politicians have attempted to “whitewash Japan’s war crimes in past years”.

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China and Japan are currently fighting over a territory, Senkakou Islands. Beijing also accuses Tokyo of glossing over its war actions.China’s papers have cast doubt over Japanese PM Shinzo Abe’s sincerity after he pledged earlier this month that he would “express remorse” over wartime history.Echoing similar sentiments, experts tell the Global Times that the parade will “send a signal to Japan to not stray from the pacifist path”. A Global Times editorial expects the scale of the parade to be smaller than the National Day military parade held once every 10 years.A large-scale parade was last held in 2009, marking the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the People’s Republic of China.”While the National Day military parade should keep an authoritative display of China’s defensive power… the anti-fascist parade must stress the interconnection between China’s military power and the determination to keep world peace,” it says.

Images by Joe Chan and China Daily