Reprinted from RT
The Japanese surrender was formally signed on the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay on September 2.
Yet in China, the key date was actually September 9 in Nanjing at 9am. As this China Daily piece stresses, Beijing's choice for 9-9-9 was immensely symbolic, as the words "nine" and "enduring," in Mandarin, sound practically the same.
And to think that China at the time was led by nationalist Chiang Kai-shek, comprehensively defeated four years later by the Communists. The initial impulse of China's leadership was focused on counterpunching aggression with generosity and reconciliation.
The West does this virtually every year -- as if the West alone fought and won against fascism. When Russia or China does it, they are playing "victim." Oh please, go back to boarding school.
Qu Rui, the parade's chief People's Liberation Army (PLA) organizer, insists China respects "countries' choices over whether to come or not."
That's fine diplomacy in action. Realpolitik in China though harbors very long memories.
Yes, this is a major turning point for rising China after the much-analyzed "century of humiliation" by foreign powers.
And the mediocre puppets who now "lead" these "foreign powers" seem to be bent on a little more humiliation.
Russia, on the other hand -- from the government to a wealth of social organizations -- did not forget all of China's sacrifices in the struggle against fascism. Most Russian analyses center on the need for a unified Russia-China front against a blatant, Western-concocted falsification of what really happened during WWII.
So expect the usual garbage from the usual Western corporate media suspects, insisting this is a horror show, mostly anti-Japanese, designed to boost "nationalistic propaganda" and not interested at all in reconciliation.
The dogs of Western resentment bark and the Chinese military parade passes. On show in Beijing there may be new intercontinental ballistic missiles that can reach hypersonic speeds up to over 5-6,000 mph, as well as mid-range missiles for up to 5,000 miles (8,046km), apart from a wealth of other military gadgets such as China's newly unveiled super-drone.
And then it's back to business, as Chinese planners have already read the geopolitical tea leaves for what they are; NATO plus vassal Japan vs Russia/China.