Dispatch from China: WWII Victory Day
Tian Chi is design editor at China Daily in Beijing, and the director of SND Chinese (Region 21). He sends us the following:
A huge parade marking the 70th anniversary of victory in World War II was held in Beijing’s Tian’anmen Square on September 3, 2015. In China, the day was called, “Victory Day of Chinese People’s War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression.”
The parade began with dozens of veterans, some more than 100 years old, riding open air buses down Chang ‘An Avenue. That was followed by 12,000 Chinese troops marching past Chinese and foreign leaders, as well as the nearly 50,000 spectators in the stands. Nearly 1,000 foreign troops from 17 countries also marched. The troops were followed by an array of military hardware, including flyovers of nearly 200 aircraft.
China Daily, the largest English-language newspaper in China, devoted twelve pages to the event. Below are highlights of the China Daily pages, plus the front pages of a number of Chinese newspapers. China Daily’s cover focused on the veterans, one of two bookends of the parade, which began by honoring the veterans and ended with doves and balloons and a call for peace.
Some of the pages (click to enlarge):
A few other papers also gave focus to those bookends. Most featured either President Xi Jinping reviewing the troops or scenes of the troops or military hardware coming through the Square, or some combination of the many aspects of the parade.