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China: Xi Jinping greets Putin and other world leaders on Chinese V-Day01:36

China: Xi Jinping greets Putin and other world leaders on Chinese V-Day

China, Beijing
September 3, 2015 at 00:07 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro were among the world leaders to be greeted by Chinese President Xi Jiping before attending a military parade marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II and China's victory in the War of Resistance against Japan in Beijing's Tiananmen Square, Thursday.

Around 12,000 troops, 500 military vehicles and over 200 military aircraft will take part in the parade, which is likely to run for approximately 70 minutes.

China is expected to showcase the most advanced versions of its domestically developed weaponry and military armaments, with over 80 percent said to have never been publicly presented before. This is likely to include least three types of ballistic nuclear missiles. Ground formations of the parade include 11 marching formations, 27 armed force formations and 10 air formations, as well as performances by the PLA's 2,400-strong massed choir.

Around 50 representatives of foreign governments, including over a dozen heads of state and government, will attend the parade. Leaders of Western nations and NATO member states declined their invitations and will be represented by lower-ranking officials. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe also declined his invitation.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, dubbed Beijing's "main guest", will attend the parade as part of a two-day visit in China, during which he will also attend a formal dinner hosted by Xi Jinping and sign around 30 bilateral treaties.

Alongside Putin, South Korean President Park Geun-hye, South African President Jacob Zuma, Czech President Miloš Zeman, and Pakistan's President Mamnoon Hussain will also be present, alongside leaders of the four Central Asian states that are part of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro were among the world leaders to be greeted by Chinese President Xi Jiping before attending a military parade marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II and China's victory in the War of Resistance against Japan in Beijing's Tiananmen Square, Thursday.

Around 12,000 troops, 500 military vehicles and over 200 military aircraft will take part in the parade, which is likely to run for approximately 70 minutes.

China is expected to showcase the most advanced versions of its domestically developed weaponry and military armaments, with over 80 percent said to have never been publicly presented before. This is likely to include least three types of ballistic nuclear missiles. Ground formations of the parade include 11 marching formations, 27 armed force formations and 10 air formations, as well as performances by the PLA's 2,400-strong massed choir.

Around 50 representatives of foreign governments, including over a dozen heads of state and government, will attend the parade. Leaders of Western nations and NATO member states declined their invitations and will be represented by lower-ranking officials. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe also declined his invitation.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, dubbed Beijing's "main guest", will attend the parade as part of a two-day visit in China, during which he will also attend a formal dinner hosted by Xi Jinping and sign around 30 bilateral treaties.

Alongside Putin, South Korean President Park Geun-hye, South African President Jacob Zuma, Czech President Miloš Zeman, and Pakistan's President Mamnoon Hussain will also be present, alongside leaders of the four Central Asian states that are part of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).