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Who's who (and who isn't) at China's big parade

Who's who (and who isn't) at China's big parade

Dozens of foreign heads of state will descend on Beijing to witness this week’s massive military parade, a 90-minute spectacle on Thursday morning to mark the 70th anniversary of imperial Japan’s defeat at the end of World War II.

Yet ironically, relatively few of them come from countries that helped defeat Japan.

Representatives from 49 countries are scheduled to attend the event, including an estimated 30 heads of state, 19 "high-ranking government officials," 10 heads of international organizations, and 100 “foreign war heroes,” according to China’s state news service. Among them are Russian President Vladimir Putin, South Korean...