March 27, 2015 – “China’s Kinder, Gentler Military Parade” (The Diplomat)
“Rather than displaying China’s latest military technologies, as the National Day parades do, this parade will have a different focus: promoting an image of China’s military forces as peacekeepers. “The world will see the PLA as important force of promoting peace,” a researcher at the PLA Academy of Military Science told Xinhua. A top PLA Navy advisor agreed, telling Xinhua that “the parade will convey to the world that China is devoted to safeguarding international order after WWII, rather challenging it.”
Japan however has turned down the invitation to the parade.
On the other hand, ex-PM Murayama is planning to attend China’s commemorative ceremony in September, if he receives an invitation.