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Thirty leaders, including Putin to attend Beijing military parade — China’s government

August 25, 2015, 9:41 UTC+3 BEIJING
The representatives of 49 countries will join the celebrations to mark the 70th anniversary of Victory in World War II and the war of China’s resistance to Japanese aggressors
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BEIJING, August 25. /TASS/. Leaders from more than 30 countries have confirmed their plans to attend a military parade in Beijing on September 3 to mark the 70th anniversary of Victory in World War II and the war of China’s resistance to Japanese aggressors, the country’s State Council said on Tuesday.

The Chinese State Council said in general, the representatives of 49 countries will join the celebrations in the country’s capital. Earlier reports said Russian President Vladimir Putin is due to arrive in Beijing for the parade.

The other guests at the celebrations will be the heads of state and governments and other high-ranking representatives of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Thailand, Argentina, Cuba, Pakistan, Serbia, Republic of South Africa, the Czech Republic, Poland, Egypt, South Korea and other countries.

The organizers say 12,000 soldiers and officers will take part in the September 3 parade on Tiananmen Square. The foreign troops from Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Mongolia, Cuba and five other countries will join the event. Russia's guards of honor will conclude the march.

The parade will showcase more than 200 pieces of military equipment and the same number of aircraft. Some 84% of armaments will be displayed for the first time, a senior military officer Qu Rui said.

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