Monday, August 31, 2015

This Week's Massive Chinese Military Parade Is Raising Concerns Across Asia

Bloomberg: Xi's Military Parade Fans Unease in Region Already Wary of China

* President to reaffirm peace pledge while marking WWII victory
* Procession of 12,000 troops demonstrates Xi's supreme power

As Xi Jinping presides over thousands of goose-stepping troops marching down Beijing’s Changan Avenue -- or “Eternal Peace Street” -- on Thursday, the Chinese president will also proclaim his commitment to the world’s peaceful development.

It’s a message China’s neighbors may find hard to swallow as it flexes its military muscle from the East China Sea to the Indian Ocean. The parade marking the 70th anniversary of World War II’s end -- or “Victory of the Chinese People’s Resistance Against Japanese Aggression and the World Anti-Fascist War" -- will put on display much of what has frayed nerves throughout the region.

The first-of-its-kind victory celebration will show the world the military might Xi has put at the center of his Chinese Dream for national rejuvenation. The pageant will feature 12,000 soldiers, almost 200 of China’s latest aircraft and mobile ballistic missile launchers capable of delivering nuclear warheads to the continental U.S.

WNU Editor: The Chinese are sending the wrong messages to their neighbours .... but then again .... the Chinese really do not care.

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