“Heroic troops” formations march through Tian’anmen Square

Toting rifles, ten formations of goose-stepping troops marched past the Tian’anmen Rostrum on Thursday morning, rekindling the glorious past of forces led by the Communist Party of China (CPC) in defeating Japanese invaders in World War II.

All the ten formations in the military parade marking the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII were named after the most famous army units of CPC-led forces in the war against Japanese aggression.

The mainstay role of the CPC and its forces is the linchpin in defeating the Japanese militarism, said Gao Yongzhong, a researcher with the Party History Research Center of the CPC Central Committee, citing a conclusion first proposed by CPC wartime leader Mao Zedong.

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