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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Winston Churchill wanted to nuke Kremlin ‘to win Cold War,’ FBI memo reveals

 

The Yalta (Crimea) Conference of Allied leaders (February 4-11, 1945). First row, sitting: British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and U.S.S.R. Marshal Josef Stalin before a meeting. (RIA Novosti)

The Yalta (Crimea) Conference of Allied leaders (February 4-11, 1945). First row, sitting: British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and U.S.S.R. Marshal Josef Stalin before a meeting. (RIA Novosti)

A secret memo from the FBI’s archives has revealed that Britain’s Winston Churchill once urged the US to drop an atomic bomb to “wipe out” the Kremlin. He reportedly thought it was the only remedy against the spread of communism to the west.

Churchill, Britain’s prime minister during World War II and again during the Cold War 1950s, made his views known to a visiting American politician in 1947, The Daily Mail reported in a preview of a new book, “When Lions Roar: The Churchills and The Kennedys” by investigative journalist Thomas Maier. The book containing the secret FBI memo is to be published next month.

Britain and the Soviet Union had been allies during WW2. However, according to the memo written by an FBI agent, Churchill asked a Right-wing Republican senator, Styles Bridges, to help persuade then-President Harry Truman to launch a nuclear attack which would make the former USSR easy to deal with.

The FBI memo claims Churchill insisted that the “only salvation for the civilization of the world would be if the President of the United States would declare Russia to be imperiling world peace and attack Russia.”

The Soviet Union tested its first atomic bomb in 1949, much to the surprise to the United States, which was apparently unaware that the Soviet Union possessed nuclear weapons.

Britain’s wartime leader allegedly pledged that if an atomic bomb could be dropped on the Kremlin, “wiping it out,” it would be “a very easy problem to handle the balance of Russia, which would be without direction.”

Churchill, who served as British PM twice, from 1940-45 and 1951-55, warned that if this was not done, Russia would attack America within “the next two or three years, when she gets the atomic bomb and civilization will be wiped out or set back many years.”