Grand spectacle for Victory Day
On Thursday, September 3rd, China staged a massive military parade in the heart of its capital, Beijing, to mark 70 years since the end of the Second World War and the defeat of the Japanese imperial forces in 1945.
Japan invaded China and occupied large parts of the country between the 1930s and 1940s. This invasion saw Japanese forces killing about 20 million Chinese.
The scale of the grand ceremony, with a total of 12000 troops and 500 pieces of military equipment marching through the Tian'anmen Square and nearly 200 aircraft flying overhead in formations was done in the presence of 30 Heads of State and Government leaders.
President Jacob Zuma, who arrived in Beijing on Wednesday, was among the global leaders attending China's Victory Day commemoration event.
China has never before held such an event since the end of WWII in 1945, while similar commemorative events were seen across Europe, which bore the impact of invasions by Nazi Germany during the war.
The spectacular military parade in central Beijing is viewed as an opportunity to showcase China's military prowess and its growing influence as a global super-power.
Photos: Elmond Jiyane, GCIS