Putin Prepares Surprise for China During Beijing Victory Parade

Soldiers of China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) march during a rehearsal for a military parade in Beijing, August 23, 2015

 

When the Chinese soldiers took part in the Victory Parade of 2015 on May 9 in Russia, they sang a popular Russian war song “Katyusha.” Now the Russian military is due to take part in the celebrations in Beijing. Will they perform something in Chinese? Chinese website Duowei News deliberated this matter.

According to the Ambassador of Russia in China, Andrey Denisov, the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Second World War and the victory of China over Japanese aggression is a special event for Asia and the world.

Russian soldiers will for the first time parade at Beijing’s Tiananmen Square just the way Chinese armed forces marched through the Red Square in Moscow in May. For Russia, these reciprocal gestures are held in high regard.It is known that the Russian President Vladimir Putin will not only take part in the festivities, but will also hold a meeting with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, Denisov said.

But the question on whether the Russian military will perform some Chinese song, the ambassador left unanswered, in order to keep the Chinese spectators of the parade to keep assuming till the event.

Denisov hinted that Putin is preparing a surprise for China, “so we will look forward to that,” he concluded.

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China to Show its High-Tech Weapons During Massive WWII Parade

Chinese flag bearers practice marching near a portrait of Chinese President Xi Jinping ahead of a Sept. 3 military parade.

 

Next week’s parade in Beijing is set to be a historic commemoration of the Chinese victory over Japan in World War II. To mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the war, China will showcase its latest high-tech weaponry.

The festivities will feature one of the most large-scale parades in the nation’s history. Nearly 12,000 troops will take part, but the Chinese government will also take the opportunity to highlight its latest military hardware, most of which will be unveiled for the first time.

“They represent the new development, new achievements and new images of the building of the Chinese armed forces,” said Qu Rui, a military official organizing the event, according to Reuters.

On display will be 500 pieces of equipment, including modern tanks. A number of long-range ballistic missiles have been spotted during rehearsals, and according to Xinhua news agency, the Second Artillery Force, the military’s nuclear division, will showcase seven different types of missiles.

“The scale and number of missiles will surpass any previous outing,” an official told Xinhua.

The parade will also feature nearly 200 aircraft, including fighters, bombers, and carrier-based aircraft. The latest J-15 carrier-based fighter has been spotted during rehearsals, and a lead pilot told Xinhua that an upgraded long-range bomber will fly overhead.

A squadron of military helicopters has also been observed during warmups.

A record number of foreign leaders will be in attendance, and military delegations from ten nations – including Russia – will also take part.

“At the moment, 30 heads of state confirmed their consent to participate in the events, it will be the largest event in the history of China regarding the number of participating heads of states,” Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Cheng Guoping said during a press conference on Thursday.

A number of world leaders, however, have refused Beijing’s invitation. Both US President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have declined, sending ambassadors instead. Most European leaders have made similar arrangements.

By skipping the event, Western leaders are attempting to signal their displeasure with what they see as Chinese aggression in the East and South China Seas. Despite the parade’s true intentions, many experts predict that the event will be seen as aggressive by rival Pacific nations.

“It’s possible that Japan and Southeast Asian countries will interpret this as a kind of warning to them,” political scientist Xie Yue told Reuters. “I can’t say whether that’s warranted or not.”

The Chinese government, however, has repeatedly stressed that the parade is about commemorating a historic event.

“The parade is intended to commemorate history, cherish the memory of our fallen revolutionary soldiers, uphold peace and usher in the future, with no other countries targeted,” Qu said.

The event will be held in Beijing on September 3. To honor the victory of Chinese People’s War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression and the World Anti-Fascist War, the parade will march through Tiananmen Square.

Beijing Victory Parade to Showcase Latest Chinese Military Hardware

Chinese-made T-62 tanks

 
China will for the first time present new domestically-made military hardware during the September 3 parade in Beijing marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.

A “relatively large” number of new domestically-made military equipment pieces will be for the first time showcased at the September 3 parade in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the Second World War, according to the General Staff of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA).According to General Staff spokesman Qu Rui, “the demonstration of military equipment is a traditional part of parades in any country.”

“This parade will see home-made weaponry currently on service with the Ground Forces, the Air Force, the Navy and the PLA’s Second Artillery Corps.The share of the new military equipment, which will be demonstrated for the first time, is relatively large,” Qu said.

The upcoming military parade will be the 14th such event since the foundation of the People’s Republic of China in 1949; notably, the parade will be the first military march-past that is not dedicated to China’s National Day, which marks the country’s founding. The last such parade took place in 2009.

During the organization of the forthcoming parade, Chinese authorities proceed from the principles of “practicability, economy and efficiency,” according to Qui. He said that Chinese troops have already begun training for the parade at bases near Beijing.The exact number of servicemen involved in the parade has yet to be announced. Earlier, parade organizers specifically stressed the significance of inviting a number of foreign leaders to the event.

On September 2, 1945, Japan surrendered in a formal ceremony held aboard the USS Missouri, in what  heralded the end of World War II.

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New Armata tanks roll through Red Square in May 9 parade rehearsal

 

April 30,  MOSCOW
Besides the Armata and the Kurganets, the Coalitsiya-SV self-propelled artillery weapons and also the Boomerang armored fighting vehicles took part in the rehearsal on Red Square

 

MOSCOW, April 30. /TASS/. The new Armata tanks and the Kurganets-25 infantry fighting vehicles for the first time rolled through Moscow’s Red Square in a night rehearsal of Victory Day parade, a TASS correspondent has reported.

The newest weaponry is part of a convoy that is due to participate in the traditional parade on May 9. This year’s parade marks the 70th anniversary of Victory over Nazi Germany.

Besides the Armata and the Kurganets, the Coalitsiya-SV self-propelled artillery weapons and also the Boomerang armored fighting vehicles took part in the rehearsal on Red Square.

Photos of “Armata”, “Kurganets-25” and “Boomerang” from the Ministry of Defense of Russia

 

On a specially created website page of the Ministry of Defense of Russia, dedicated to the upcoming May 9 Victory Parade 2015,  it was laid out a very high-quality photos of samples of military equipment, which will take part in the Victory Parade in Moscow. The photos were taken during a parade rehearsal in the suburban Alabino. It is  Including the pictures of new hardware on  platforms of “Armata”, “Kurganets-25” and “Boomerang”.

Russia’s Yars ICBM Systems to Take Part in Victory Day Parade

Mobile launcher 'Yars' missile system on the territory of Teykovo air defence missile formation in Ivanovo region.

This year’s Victory Day Parade on Moscow’s Red Square will be the first to feature Russia’s Yars intercontinental ballistic missile systems.

 

Russia’s Yars intercontinental ballistic missile systems will take part in the Victory Day Parade on Moscow’s Red Square for the first time on May 9, 2015, Russian media reported.”On February 25, a mechanized column consisting of three Yars intercontinental ballistic missile systems left their permanent base in the town of Teykovo in Ivanovo Region and is now on its way to the village of Alabino in Moscow region. The Yars mobile systems will cover more than 400 kilometers of the route, including federal highways with high traffic intensity,” Russian  Strategic Missile Forces spokesman Igor Yegorov said.

Teykovo’s Strategic Missile Forces unit has been taking part in Victory Day parades in Moscow since 2008.

Earlier, the event featured Topol and Topol-M intercontinental ballistic missile systems.

The RS-24 Yars is a solid fuel-based thermonuclear intercontinental ballistic missile equipped with a multiple independently targetable reentry vehicle. It was first tested on May 29, 2007.

The 2015 Moscow Victory Day Parade is due to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the capitulation of Nazi Germany in 1945, which formally ended hostilities in the Second World War in Europe.

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Iran Holds Navy Parade Marking End of Six-Day Military Drills: Reports

The Iranian Army ended large-scale military drills Wednesday with a massive naval parade hosted by the country's President Hassan Rouhani

The Iranian Army ended large-scale military drills Wednesday with a massive naval parade hosted by the country’s President Hassan Rouhani, Tasnim News Agency      

MOSCOW, December 31 (Sputnik) – To review the parade, which rounded up six days of military training, Rouhani arrived Wednesday in the city of Jask.

More than 100 military vessels including combat ships, rocket launcher vessels and submarines took part in the parade accompanied by hovercrafts and warplanes. Iran’s 32nd fleet, which was previously on the mission in the Indian Ocean, returned to take part in the parade as well, according to Tasnim.

The combined military exercises named “Muhammad Rasulullah” (Muhammad, the messenger of God) covered an area of 2.2 million square kilometers (850,000 square miles) from the northern Indian Ocean to the Strait of Hormuz which connects the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman.

 

The drills also covered the southern and southeastern Iranian provinces of Hormozgan, Sistan and Balouchestan. The exercises, undertaken to improve the response time of the country’s military forces and test the latest military equipment, involved Iran’s Ground Force, Air Force and Navy, Tasnim reported.

The Strait of Hormuz, covered by the area of military exercises, is considered to be of strategic importance as it is used to transfer large amounts of oil from the Persian Gulf to other countries, including the United States. According to various estimates, about 20 percent of global oil exports cross the strait.