September 3 parade is worth our anticipation

Source:Global Times Published: 2015-8-19 23:53:01

As September 3 approaches, China's military parade to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression is around the corner. The chances of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attending the event are slim, while the attendance of South Korean President Park Geun-hye is pending. Some people worry that without the presence of many foreign leaders, the parade will be less significant than expected. The recent deadly explosions in Tianjin have also caused some concerns.

Traditionally, Chinese people like to create a peaceful and pleasant atmosphere for major events. But times have changed. Today's China is a bustling place and even has to spare some time for the parade, but nevertheless, our concerns cannot be put aside. Troubling problems in the country also happen more frequently. We are unable to take a break nationally before the parade and dress up to hold it with rapture.

But we have faith that once the military servicemen and equipment present themselves, a grand and solemn climate will naturally be formed. The last time China held such a parade was six years ago and the public has long awaited the event. The September 3 parade will naturally become an international event and change the distribution of global celebrations marking the anniversary of WWII's end. People's understanding of the Asian theater of WWII will be completely updated.

Despite current discussions about the attendance of foreign leaders, the focus will shift on September 3. The novel formations of the Eighth Route Army and the New Fourth Army will be eye-catching, while formations of foreign troops will also be the center of attention. It is also interesting to watch the Chinese generals who lead the marching formations. They are the real leading roles.

Chinese people need not take the military parade as overly special. It is first and foremost dedicated to history rather than solving any real issues. Neither the problems in Chinese society nor China's friendly or delicate relations with other countries are likely to undergo dramatic changes after the parade. We should feel relaxed in welcoming the parade as it will become a milestone in our memory and be irreplaceable and unparalleled. If we still fuss about any deficiency in preparations for the parade, we then need to grow more mature and confident.

The military parade is co-produced by the Chinese army and people and we are the first audience and observer. It epitomizes our real lives and spiritual world and portrays our path from the past till today.

The September 3 parade deserves to be anticipated, but we should hold back from trying to see the rehearsal and just wait to embrace the final wonderment.

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