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China plans rare military parade to mark end of WWII, highlight power
China plans rare military parade to mark end of WWII, highlight power

Since 1960, China has held just three military parades, and always on Oct. 1, when the country celebrates its National Day. This year, however, the country appears to planning such an affair in September, to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, according to reports in Chinese state media. Such an event would be a bold stroke by President Xi Jinping, analysts said, coming less than three years after he took over as the head of the Chinese Communist Party. The parade would be a chance to highlight China’s growing military strength – and Xi’s control of the armed forces. The Hong Kong-based newspaper Wen Wei Po first reported Friday that a military...

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