BEIJING: China indicated on Tuesday that it is not worried about India's decision to refrain from sending troops to march during the massive military parade organized in Beijing on September 3 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of its successful resistance against Japan.
"We respect the choice made by each and every country whether or not to send troops," Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said.
At least 17 countries including Russia and Pakistan have decided to send troops during the parade. Islamabad is sending 75 soldiers besides its president Mannoon Hussain. Russian president Vladimir Putin will also attend. A total of 1,000 foreign soldiers will join the parade.
India's decision may have been prompted by its reluctance to hurt Japan because the parade is focused against the role of Japanese troops which include torture of Chinese people during the World War II. The parade is seen by some as a Chinese attempt to develop international consensus against Japan's past role as well its latest move towards militarization.
Some observers think India's refusal to allow its soldiers to march along with those of Pakistan could be another reason for New Delhi's decision.
China will extend a warm welcome to India's minister of state for defense Gen. V.K.Singh, who is attending the parade.
"The Chinese side welcomes Mr Singh's attendance at the commemoration as a special envoy of Indian government. We will receive him warmly," Foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said.
Besides Putin, other heads of state attending include South Korea's Park Geun-hye, South Africa's Jacob Zuma, Myanmar President Thein Sein and Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang. Troops from Belarus, Cuba, Egypt, Kazakhstan, Kyrghyzstan, Mexico, Mongolia, Pakistan, Serbia, Tajikistan and Russia will participate.
Pakis are such a*** lickers, wether US, China, Saudia etc., they are always there with their begging bowls "ek paisa dhe dho allah ke nam"
Great, India don't need to send troops to China. There was no achievement of Communist China in II WW. And even Nationalist China also lost against Japan, so what is to celebrate?
Japan is India's friend. India should take advantage of Pakistan sending the troops by turning Japan to its side like it did with UAE
Gen. V.K.Singh will go & will be saluted by P0rki$ army in CHINA ....
wat a seen would be to see............poor p0rki$ army ...........!!
I would say its the correct decision by PM.