BEIJING, Sept. 5 (Xinhuanet) -- Yesterday we saw China's first ever parade commemorating victory in World War 2. Netizens and foreign media as well had plenty to say.
China’s V-day parade has become the hot topic worldwide. Many netizens from different countries described this parade as “amazing” and “beautiful”. KimTem Tan from Malaysia commented: “China proudly presented a parade today, not to show off but to guard her safety and peace-keeping global mission.”
Paraian Mihai Cosmin from Romania said: “Congratulations on China's peaceful rise towards the world! China proved that its own troops can maintain a stable and peaceful region for its own country and peoples and its neighbors. I congratulate China and its citizens.”
In China, netizens paid special thanks to the international cooperation during the wartime struggle. The veterans from the Soviet Red Army and the Flying Tigers of the US were honored at the parade for their sacrifice. One netizen said: “The Soviet Red Army has contributed not only to China’s war against the Japanese, but also the establishment of the PRC.”
Also there were comments on President Xi Jinping’s speech. One user commented: "'China will never inflict its past suffering on any other nation.' What a breadth of vision! We have a strong and united heart. I wish for world peace from the bottom of my heart.”
The international media also viewed the parade. One of the most covered part of the event was the display of Chinese equipment. 84 percent of weapons made their first appearance in the parade.
The Huffington post wrote an article saying, in-part, that the military parade was an attempt at an act of Transparency. It said the arms shown are “a display of China's self-confidence and openness. It marks their systematic, balanced and sustainable development.”
The Wall street Journal said “shiny hardware alone cannot confer military might. A set of well-coordinated military organizations and their effective command and control is likewise essential.” China says that's likely why Xi appears poised to announce a sweeping set of reforms to restructure the PLA.
Speaking of the military reforms, President Xi jinping pledged to cut China's 2.3 million-member People's Liberation Army by 300,000 troops at the start of the parade. The Herald Standard said The announcement could be seen as an attempt to soften the impact of Thursday's spectacle that saw 12,000 troops march through the center of the Chinese capital, accompanied by tanks, bomber aircraft and intercontinental ballistic missiles.
China says the parade not only commemorates the victory, but also demonstrates China's confidence and determination to maintain its achievements and to maintain peace in the world.
The magazine Time said the overall effect of parade was undeniable: “once devastated by more than a century of foreign occupation and humiliation, most recently by the Japanese during World War II, China had transformed into a world-class economic, military and marching power.”
In many ways, it’s really an important event for all Chinese people. It is a parade for peace, for memory and for the future.