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    LIVE: Beijing holds V-Day military parade

    China marks the end of WWII as it pays tribute to peace with a parade in Beijing at 10 am local time. China Daily Website provides you an up-to-date full coverage with a 13-strong journalist team at the scene.

    Updated: 2015-09-03 13:45

    Doves and balloons

    Seventy thousand doves are released over Tian'anmen Square followed by 70,000 balloons.

    Updated: 2015-09-03 13:32

    Air echelons: Helicopter formation

    Around 70 helicopters participated in the formation, containing helicopters serving in the ground, navy and air forces, all having been made in China with advanced technology.

    The Beidou's highly accurate navigational system guided the formation in precision and timing.

    The helicopters were equipped with liquid smoke generators, which left trails of colored smoke in the sky.

    Updated: 2015-09-03 13:28

    Air echelons: J-11 fighter

    Two combat jets, including 12 J-11 fighter jets and 15 J-10A, led by Major General Chang Dingqiu.

     

    Updated: 2015-09-03 13:23

    Air echelons: Refueling and receiver echelon

    Updated: 2015-09-03 13:22

    Air echelons: H-6K bomber

    Compared with older H-6 variants, such as the H-6H that appeared in the 2009 parade, improvements have made H-6K a brand-new bomber altogether because 90 percent of its parts have been upgraded.

    Updated: 2015-09-03 13:20

    Air echelons: Y-8 MPA

    A maritime patrol aircraft (MPA), also known as a patrol aircraft, maritime reconnaissance aircraft, is a fixed-wing aircraft designed to operate for long durations over water in maritime patrol roles—in particular anti-submarine, anti-ship and search and rescue.

    Updated: 2015-09-03 13:15

    Air echelons: KJ-500 AEW

    Airborne Early Warning Aircraft

    Updated: 2015-09-03 12:55

    Air echelons: Leading aircraft echelon

    Heading the 10 air echelons, the airborne early warning and control aircraft is no stranger to its leading role it played on the National Day military parade six years ago. This time it also shares the responsibility of low-air security. A lieutenant from the air force works on board the aircraft as supervisor. With its radar switched on, it provides guidance to the whole fleet.

    Updated: 2015-09-03 12:53

    Armament formations: Medical service equipment formation

    The last of the armament formations is the medical service equipment formation. The Bethune International Medical Team is part of this formation.

     

    Updated: 2015-09-03 12:52

    Armament formations: Maintenance equipment formation

    Updated: 2015-09-03 12:52

    Logistics equipment formation

    Updated: 2015-09-03 12:39

    Armament formations: DF-5B missile formation

    Dongfeng-5B ballistic missile is China’s intercontinental strategic missile designed to carry nuclear warheads.

    Updated: 2015-09-03 12:37

    Armament formations: Dongfeng-31A ballistic missiles

    The formation consists of two Mengshi Humvees and 12 vehicles/launchers carrying the Dongfeng-31 ballistic missiles.

    Updated: 2015-09-03 12:36

    Armament formations: Medium-and-long range missiles

    Led by two Mengshi Humvees, 16 vehicles/launchers carry the Dongfeng-26 ballistic missiles.

    Updated: 2015-09-03 12:35

    Armament formations: Surface-to-surface cruise missile

    Missiles including the CJ-10A cruise missile are an important part of the strategic strike force.

    Updated: 2015-09-03 12:34

    Armament formations: Anti-ship ballistic missile

    Here comes the formation of the anti-ship ballistic missiles. The DF-21D is the much-anticipated latest variant of DF-21, dubbed by military observers as the "aircraft carrier killer".

    Updated: 2015-09-03 12:33

    Armament formations: Intermediate-range ballistic missile

    An intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) is a ballistic missile with a range of 3,000–5,500 km (1,864–3,418 miles), between a medium-range ballistic missile (MRBM) and an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

    Updated: 2015-09-03 12:33

    Armament formations: Short-range ballistic missile

    A short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) is a ballistic missile with a range of about 1,000 kilometres (620 mi) or less.

    Updated: 2015-09-03 12:28

    Armament formations: Anti-ship ballistic missile

     

    Updated: 2015-09-03 12:27

    Armament formations:Aircraft missile formation

    Updated: 2015-09-03 12:21

    Armament formations: Hongqi–12 and Hongqi 6A air defense systems

    The Hongqi-12 surface-to-air missile, also known by its export name of Kaisah 1, is a medium range surface-to-air defense system intended as the replacement for the SA-2/HQ-2 air defense system. It has a maximum range of 50 kilometers and is able to shoot down aircraft at altitudes between 500 to 25,000 meters.

    Updated: 2015-09-03 12:16

    From social media

    The flight format is extremely magnificent. And a sense of deep respect rose from my heart when I saw the format comprised of veteran soldiers of the War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression.

    --A netizen posted on Sina Weibo

    Updated: 2015-09-03 12:15

    Armament formations: Hongqi-9 surface-to-air missile system

    The Hongqi-9 (HQ-9) is a long-range, high-altitude, surface-to-air missile system. It is designed to track and destroy aircraft, cruise missiles, air-to-surface missiles, and tactical ballistic missiles. The maximum range is 200 kilometers.

    Updated: 2015-09-03 12:11

    Armament formations: Anti-aircraft gun regiment

    The anti-aircraft gun regiment demonstrated its capability in air defense and anti-missile activities.

    Updated: 2015-09-03 12:10

    From social media

    Zhmz Shorthouse, a Facebook follower of People’s Daily account, said that China is standing for humanity and righteousness against those evil forces like Nazi and willing to fight again if it necessary.

    Updated: 2015-09-03 12:09

    Armament formations: Formation of armed police anti-terrorism assault vehicles

    Following is the formation of armed police anti-terrorism assault vehicles consisting of two Mengshi humvees and 16 Mengshi armored vehicles. The white color of the vehicles symbolizes peace and harmony.

    The formation comprises of the Snow Leopard Commando Unit of the Chinese armed police which carries out anti-terrorism missions across the country.

    Updated: 2015-09-03 12:05

    Armament formations: UAV company

    An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), commonly known as a drone, and also referred to as a remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), is an aircraft without a human pilot aboard. Its flight is controlled either autonomously by onboard computers or by the remote control of a pilot on the ground or in another vehicle.

    Updated: 2015-09-03 12:02

    Armament formations: Land-based anti-ship missiles company

    Anti-ship missiles are guided missiles that are designed for use against ships and large boats.

    Updated: 2015-09-03 12:01

    From social media

    Angus Grigg, the China correspondent of Australian Financial Review, said on Twitter that a cut to PLA troop numbers by 300,000 is around 13% of the 2.28 million total. Micah Grimes, formerly of ABC News, retweeted to Grigg, said if the US cut same from 1.35 million, it would be about 22%.

    Updated: 2015-09-03 12:00

    Armament formations: Self-propelled gun formation

    Two armored cars, 16 cars with cannons

    Updated: 2015-09-03 11:46

    Armament formations: Anti-tank missile formation

    Two armored cars, 16 cars with anti-tank missiles

    Updated: 2015-09-03 11:42

    Armament formations: Airborne infantry armored fighting vehicles

    The ZBD-03 is the latest generation of airborne infantry armored fighting vehicle used by the Chinese Armed Forces.

    Updated: 2015-09-03 11:38

    Armament formations: ZBD-05 Amphibious infantry fighting vehicle

    The ZBD-05 Amphibious Infantry Fighting Vehicle is equipped with a 30mm cannon turret and two Hong Jian-73C anti-tank guided missile launchers one on either side of the turret.The ZBD-05 is powered by a high performance diesel engine and can operate at higher speeds in water.China received orders of the vehicle, which debuted in 2009 from Venezuela in 2014.

     

    Updated: 2015-09-03 11:37

    From social media

    Andrew Erickson said on Twitter that Chairman Xi's announcement at V-Day Parade of cutting 300K PLA troops fits with major PLA restructuring plan.

    Updated: 2015-09-03 11:36

    Armament formations: Type 04A Infantry Fighting Vehicle

    The Type 04A Infantry Fighting Vehicle took part in a military drill of Shanghai Cooperation Organization in 2014, fueling up public curiosity over this flashy-looking combat vehicle.

    Updated: 2015-09-03 11:32

    Armament formations: Formation of amphibious combat vehicles

    Making their debut were the amphibious combat vehicles which belonged to the PLA Navy Force. Rear Admiral Li Xiaoyan, who performed counter-piracy missions in the Gulf of Aden, led the formation.

    Updated: 2015-09-03 11:31

    Armament formations: Formation of tanks

    The tank formation consists of 18 Type-99A tanks. These are the third-generation main battle tanks, weighing 55 tons each and having 1,500 horsepower.

    Different from other teams, the tank formation proceeds in an arrow shape.

    Updated: 2015-09-03 11:30

    Russian troops

    Russian soldiers walk past the Tian’anmen square during the parade.

    Updated: 2015-09-03 11:29

    Foreign troops

    - Nearly 1,000 foreign troops from 17 countries are participating in the military parade.

    - Belarus, Cuba, Egypt, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Mongolia, Pakistan, Serbia, Tajikistan and Russia have dispatched formations consisting of around 75 people to march in the parade.

    - Another six countries, Afghanistan, Cambodia, Fiji, Laos, Vanuatu, and Venezuela have sent representatives to march the parade. 

     

    Updated: 2015-09-03 11:26

    Hero troops: Formation of Armed Police Force

    It consists of a detachment of the Beijing Armed Police Corps and several heroic troops that had made outstanding contributions during the war.

    Updated: 2015-09-03 11:25

    Hero troops: South China's Guerrilla Force Resisting Japanese Aggression

    The troop was the main force led by the CPC in south China during the War against Japanese Aggression.

    Updated: 2015-09-03 11:21

    Hero troops: Northeast United Army Resisting Japanese Aggression

    The army was a Communist-led guerrilla force and offered the largest resistance to Japan's occupation of northeastern China and the Manchukuo puppet regime it established in the area.

    Updated: 2015-09-03 11:20

    Hero troops: Storm Fortification

    The 7th formation is the Heroic Company of Storm Fortification. The company's predecessor is a guerrilla detachment of the New Fourth Army set up in Henan’s Queshan County in 1938.

    It served as the First Company of the New Fourth Army’s 31st Regiment, 11th Brigade, Fourth Division during the War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression.

     

    Updated: 2015-09-03 11:12

    From social media

    If my grandfather was alive, today would be the happiest day for him. A netizen from Changsha, Hunan, said on Sina Weibo.

    Updated: 2015-09-03 11:11

    From social media

    Angus Grigg, the China correspondent of Australian Financial Review, said on Twitter that a cut to PLA troop numbers by 300,000 is around 13% of the 2.28 million total. Micah Grimes, formerly of ABC News, retweeted to Grigg, said if the US cut same from 1.35 million, it would be about 22%.

    Updated: 2015-09-03 11:10

    Hero troops: Liulaozhuang Company

    Liulaozhuang Company walk past the Tian’anmen square during the parade.

    The company's predecessor is the Fourth Company of the 19th Regiment, Seventh Brigade, Third Division of the New Fourth Army during the War against Japanese Aggression. All 82 members of the company were killed in the Liulaozhuang Battle. After the war, the company was rebuilt and named the Liulaozhuang Company.

     

    Updated: 2015-09-03 11:08

    Hero troops: Yanmen Pass Ambush Battle

    Heroic Company of Yanmen Pass Ambush Battle walk past the Tian'anmen square during the parade.

    The company's predecessor is the agent company of the 716 Regiment of the Eighth Route Army's of 120 Division. The company battled bravely in the Yanmen Pass Ambush of October 18-21, 1937 and greatly contributed to victory in that battle.

    After the successful defence of Pingxingguan, a narrow pass in north China's Shanxi Province, in September 1937, the Communist troops resorted to an ambush plan at nearby Yanmenguan, or Yanmen Pass.

     

    Updated: 2015-09-03 11:04

    From social media

    Many Japanese orphans were left in China 70 years ago when the World War II ended, and Chinese helped raise thousands of them. At this crucial moment, we thank again the Chinese people for their tolerance, and we will continue to contribute to further development of the Japan-China relations.

    --A statement posted on Sina Weibo by the Japanese embassy in Beijing

    Updated: 2015-09-03 11:03

    Hero troops: 'Making Night Attack on Yangmingbao' Company

    Led by Major Generals Lin Xiangyang and General Hong Jiangqiang

    The company was assigned to perform a sneak attack after the Japanese occupied Dai County and planned to invade Taiyuan. They found a Japanese airport near Yangmingbao and decided to destroy it. Launching a night attack, they killed over 100 Japanese and destroyed 24 aircrafts. The attack lasted more than one-hour. General Liu Bocheng spoke highly of their actions.

     

    Updated: 2015-09-03 11:02

    Hero troops: Hand-to-hand Combat Company in the Hundred Regiments battle

    Led by Major General Deng Zhiping and Major General Gao Wei

    During the Hundred Regiments battle, this company was in charge of security for the command post and local residents. Seeing through the enemy's plan for a sneak attack, they prepared for a defense strategy and engaged in combat. The battle lasted over one hour and most troops fought with bayonets. They finally won the battle but suffered casualties that included 30 deaths.

     

    Updated: 2015-09-03 10:59

    Hero troops: Pingxing Pass Battle Shock Company

    The company was assigned to ambush the Japanese in the Pingxing Pass Battle. Its members contributed greatly to victory in the battle.

    Zeng Xiansheng, the company commander, perished with the enemy after being seriously injured. Soldiers were infuriated by Zeng's death and didn't quit fighting until they won the battle. There were only 30 members alive when the war ended.

     

    Updated: 2015-09-03 10:58

    Hero troops: 'Five Heroes on Langya Mountain'

    The troop participated in a series of important battles, including the Pingxing Pass Battle and the Hundred Regiments Offensive. It also contributed to the foundation of Jin Cha Ji Anti-Japanese Base Area.

     
    It is famous for five soldiers widely known as the Five Heroes on Langya Mountain. Retreating to Langya Mountain and running out of bullets while fighting against the Japanese army, they preferred to die rather than surrender in the face of the enemies’ assault and all jumped off a cliff.
     

    Updated: 2015-09-03 10:54

    Hero Troops

    Following the Guard of Honor, here come the Hero Troops. The 10 formations have been organized in four groups, namely the Eighth Route Army, the New Fourth Army, the Northeast United Resistance Army and the Southern China People's Counter-Japanese Guerrilla Force, whose predecessors are the outstanding representatives of the Chinese forces during the War of Resistance against the Japanese Aggression.

    Each formation has seven flag-bearers in its first row, making the total number of flags 70, representing the 70th anniversary of the victory in anti-fascist war.

    The second row features the generals leading the parade units.

    Updated: 2015-09-03 10:53

    Children of fallen soldiers from the CPC and KMT hold an average age of about 78 years old

    Updated: 2015-09-03 10:52

    President Xi and other leaders give a standing ovation for all the veterans

    Updated: 2015-09-03 10:51

    Formations of veterans in vehicles

    - For the first time, a 45-member motorcycle guard formation, all home-made, are escorting war veterans.

    - Veterans are from Eighth Route Army, New Fourth Army, Northeast United Resistance Army, Southern China People’s Counter-Japanese Guerrilla Force; The forces fighting in the War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression led by the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the Kuomingtang (KMT) Party;

    - All veterans hold an average age of about 90 years-old.

    Updated: 2015-09-03 10:50

    From social media

    It is great to see the Kuomintang veterans who participated in the war against Japanese aggression also joining the parade.

    A netizen named Cheng Xi said on Sina Weibo.

    Updated: 2015-09-03 10:50

    Chinese president Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin

    Updated: 2015-09-03 10:48

    Air flag guard formation

    Six helicopters carry the national flag and the flag of the Chinese People's Liberation Army. 20 helicopters form a figure-70 pattern to mark the 70th anniversary of the victory. Seven CJ-6 aircrafts leave behind lines of colored smoke-trails.

     

     

    Updated: 2015-09-03 10:45

    Guards of Honor

    The Guards of Honor of the PLA walk past the Tian'anmen Square during the parade in Beijing. The soldiers also attended the grand military parade held in Moscow in May to mark the 70th anniversary of the victory of the Great Patriotic War. This is also the first time that PlA's female honor guards took part in such a parade.

    Updated: 2015-09-03 10:44

    From social media

    Beau Sides, a Twitter user, said that China is hosting a huge parade to celebrate the V-Day to mark their victory over Japanese aggression, and he expects to see troops and military equipment at the parade.

    Updated: 2015-09-03 10:31

    From social media

    All my classmates are watching the live broadcast in our dorm. Although it is raining outside, it has not affected our mood. As a Chinese I feel so proud at the moment.

    --Chen Yijie, a college student in Chongqing posted on Sina Weibo

     

    Updated: 2015-09-03 10:29

    Pakistani troops

    Pakistani troops walk past the Tian’anmen square during the parade.

    Updated: 2015-09-03 10:29

    Xi inspects troops

    President Xi inspects the troops after his speech.

    Updated: 2015-09-03 10:28

    Xi: China to reduce troops by 300,000

    China will reduce troops by 300,000, and China will never seek hegemony but protect the peace of the country and the world, announced President Xi in his speech.

     

    Updated: 2015-09-03 10:23

    Xi delivers speech to commemorate peace

    President Xi delivers a speech at the Tian'anmen Rostrum before the parade, calling on people to commemorate the hard-won peace after years of bloody war that inflicted heavy losses on China and other countries.

    In honoring the Chinese who perished and those who contributed to the victory in the deadly conflict with Japanese aggression, the parade is a tribute to history and a call for peace, Xi said.

    The war inflicted suffering not only on the Chinese people, but also on Japanese people, Xi said. After the chaos and turbulence of war, peace has been particularly treasured by the people in China and other Asian countries.

    Updated: 2015-09-03 10:15

    From social media

    I am used to getting up late, but today I woke up at about 7 am and sat in front of the television waiting for the live broadcast of the parade. I wish China, my motherland, prosperity, and all the people should reflect on the history and pursue peace.

    --A netizen named Fengniuxuegaoyin on Sina Weibo

    Updated: 2015-09-03 10:12

    Flag raising

    Veterans and young people sing the national anthem and salute as the national flag is raised at Tian’anmen Square.

    Updated: 2015-09-03 10:10

    Flag raising ceremony

    - Held simultaneously with gun salutes.

    - The guards of honor need depart when the gun salute begins and halt when it ends.

    - They depart from the north platform of the Monument to the People’s Heroes and move northward along Tiananmen Square’s axes.

    - There are 121 parade steps taken by the guards of honor, representing 121 years of Chinese people’s anti-invasion efforts since the first Sino-Japanese War in 1894. These steps are to be completeted in 1.33 mins.

    - The 200 servicemen who are guarding and escorting the ceremony, representing the “Two Centenary Goals”, put forward at the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China.

    - The only formation to hold rifles weighing 3.8kg while marching the parade.

    - Guards of honor need to keep stand guard with their guns for 2 hours after the ceremony.

    Updated: 2015-09-03 10:06

    At the scene

    People holding Chinese flags cheer in front of the Tian'anmen Square in Beijing.

    Updated: 2015-09-03 10:03

    Gun salute

    A 70-gun salute is fired alternately to mark the 70th anniversary of victory in the War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression and the World Anti-Fascist War.

    Updated: 2015-09-03 10:01

    At the scene

    The leaders and dignitaries, headed by Xi and Putin, are taking their seats now.

    Updated: 2015-09-03 09:57

    From social media

    Today is a special day. My father was a soldier and he knew what difficulty we faced to win the war against Japanese aggression. We are living in a time of peace and we should cherish it. A country has to become strong so it will not be subject to bullying. China needs to become a stronger nation, not only in economy, but also in education. Today is a day of celebration, and also a day for reflection.

    --Larry H.P. Lang, a famous economist in China, on Sina Weibo

    Updated: 2015-09-03 09:53

    Military band performing

    China's military band performs prior to the start of the parade in Tian’anmen Square in Beijing.

    The songs they sang include Ode to the Motherland, Defend the Yellow River, Song of the Guerillas, On the Taihang Mountain, and March of the Volunteers.

    All of them were traditional patriotic songs created to mark the Chinese People's War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression.

    Updated: 2015-09-03 09:49

    Xi and guests take group photo

    President Xi, first lady Peng, and the guests have a group photo taken at the southern square of Duanmen, adjacent to Tian'anmen Square.

    Updated: 2015-09-03 09:40

    At the scene: Xi welcomes the guests

    President Xi Jinping and first lady Peng Liyuan meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    Updated: 2015-09-03 09:32

    At the scene: Xi welcomes the guests

    President Xi Jinping and first lady Peng Liyuan meet with South Korean President Park Geun-hye.

    Updated: 2015-09-03 09:27

    At the scene: Xi welcomes the guests

    President Xi Jinping and wife Peng Liyuan meet with Choe Ryong-hae, secretary to the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of DPRK.

    Updated: 2015-09-03 09:09

    At the scene: Xi welcomes the guests

    President Xi Jinping and first lady Peng Liyuan welcome the guests at the southern square of Duanmen, adjacent to Tian'anmen Square.

     

    Updated: 2015-09-03 09:08

    At the scene: "Parade for peace"

    Zhu Heping, grandson of former marshall Zhu De,said any country can show its muscles through a parade, only thing we need to be cautions is the parade's aim. China's military parade aims to maintain the fruit of the World War II and the peace enjoyed by people around the world, showing China cherishes peace rather than frightening others. He said this in response to a foreigner's question that China is using the military parade to shows off its muscles.

    Updated: 2015-09-03 08:59

    At the scene: Guests arrive

    Guests and other spectators prepare to watch the V-Day parade at Tian'anmen Square in Beijing. Those invited to watch from the Tian’anmen Rostrum begin to arrive.

    Updated: 2015-09-03 08:59

    At the scene: Balloons at the ready

    Cart loads of colorful balloons are placed at the east side of the Great Hall of the People. They will be released at the end of the parade.

    Updated: 2015-09-03 06:00

    At the scene: Final preparations

    Soldiers of foot and armament formations assemble on the East Chang’an Avenue early in the morning.
     
     

    Updated: 2015-09-02 11:32

    Veterans:Xi awards medals

    President Xi Jinping presents commemorative medals to 30 veterans for their contribution to China's victory against Japanese aggression on Wednesday morning, one day before the Victory Parade marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.

    Guo Weimin, deputy director of State Council Information Office, provided details about the five categories of veterans being honored. They include:

    Veterans who served in the Communist Party of China's (CPC's) counter-Japanese forces, including the Eighth Route Army, New Fourth Army, Northeast China Counter-Japanese United Forces and South China Guerrillas .

    Personnel who worked in underground organizations and governments led by the CPC during the war against Japanese invasion.

    Veterans who returned home as peasants or joined CPC revolutionary activities after fighting with the Kuomintang (KMT).

    Patriotic personages who contributed to the victory in the war, commanders of anti-Japanese forces or their surviving dependents.

    Foreigners who contributed to the victory.

    Updated: 2015-09-02 11:12

    Rolling coverage

    China Daily Website will start rolling coverage of the parade LIVE at 8.30 am Thursday.

    Updated: 2015-09-02 10:37

    Xi meets leaders: Sudanese counterpart

    Xi made the remarks during a meeting with his Sudanese counterpart, Omar al-Bashir, who is here to attend commemorations marking the 70th anniversary of the victory in the Chinese People's War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression and World War II.

    China and Sudan have always understood and supported each other since they established diplomatic ties 56 years ago, with many achievements in their pragmatic cooperation, he said.

    Updated: 2015-09-02 08:37

    Preparations: long before parade

    More than 12,200 coal-fired boilers and factories in polluting industries, such as thermal power plants, companies in the iron and steel, cement making, glass m and chemical industries suspended production on Aug 28 for eight days to help create good air quality for the Sept 3 military parade.

    Restrictions cover Beijing and six surrounding areas - Tianjin, Hebei, Shandong, Shanxi, Henan provinces and the Inner Mongolia autonomous region.