— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) September 3, 2015
China will cut its troops by 300,000, said Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursda, while addressing the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the victory of World War Two.
As Chinese troops marched past the ubiquitous Tiananmen Square to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the World War II, Pakistan and Russia joined the 17 foreign troops which took part in it while India and Japan stayed away from the event.
Carrying rifles and goose-stepping with own choreographed style, nearly 1,000 soldiers from 17 foreign countries joined the parade, said a Xinhua report. This was the first time that foreign troops were invited by China to participate in its military parade.
The countries which took part in the parade include former Socialist allies and other Asian allies such as Belarus, Cuba, Egypt, Kazakhstan, Kyrghyzstan, Mexico, Mongolia, Pakistan, Serbia, Tajikistan and Russia. Each nation had sent 75 soldiers for the parade.
In addition, civilian delegations from six other countries — Afghanistan, Cambodia, Fiji, Laos, Vanuatu and Venezuela also marched in the parade. Most of the foreign countries were the erstwhile sufferers during World War Two when Allies fought against Axis powers.
However, the US, UK, and France, which spearheaded the victory agaist Axis powers did not participate. The Tiananmen Square is notorious for 1988 anti-student killings by military tanks evoking worldwide protests against China’s human rights record.