Soldiers sweat it out for V-Day celebration

Chinese soldiers have been sweating for three months over the parade to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II on Sept. 3.

About 12,000 members of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and veterans of both the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the Kuomintang (KMT) who fought the Japanese, will participate, Major General Qu Rui, deputy chief of the Operations Department of the General Staff Headquarters of the PLA, said at a press conference Friday.

The first military parade to mark any anniversary of the war in China and the first with foreign military participation, follows 14 military parades since 1949, all marking the foundation of the People’s Republic on Oct. 1. Governments from the continents of Asia, Europe, Africa, Oceania and the Americas will take part.

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