The Chinese capital Beijing is making final preparations for a grand military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.
Xinhua talked with former French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin, who believes the event will also present an opportunity to show off China’s development strategy to the rest of the world.
Former French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin says the military parade that China will hold in a few days’ time to mark its WWII victory would only manifest China’s strategy of peaceful development.
SOUNDBITE(FRENCH): JEAN-PIERRE RAFFARIN, Former French Prime Minister
“The military parade that China will hold to mark the 70th anniversary of the victory in China’s anti-Japanese war is of great significance. It’s an opportunity to manifest a country’s force but also to show that it’s not bellicose. In this parade, China will show off the progress it has made, and its strategy of peaceful development. In a world of uncertainties, China’s vision of building a multi-polar peaceful world is very important.”
The military parade will be held on Sept. 3 in downtown Beijing.
Eleven foot formations, 27 armament formations, 10 aircraft formations and two veteran teams will join the event.