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India caught in China-Japan bind over military parade request

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On Sept 3, 2015 China will host a military parade in the heart of the capital, Beijing to mark the 70th anniversary of “victory in the Chinese People’s War against Japanese Aggression,” also known as the end of World War-II.

  • On this occasion, China decided to invite many foreign guests from all over the world to make this a grand event. Despite that, diplomats say it has taken on a political hue as tensions simmer between China and Japan over disputed islands in the East China Sea and unresolved questions over wartime history.
  • In simple words bringing other foreign high profile nationals, is just an intension to humiliate Japan and to show how countries are positioning themselves amid China-Japan tensions.
  • Meanwhile India is finding itself weighing a delicate diplomatic balancing act as it has to decide on a request from China to send a high-level military delegation for that landmark military parade. New Delhi is yet to make a call on this increasingly sensitive political issue.
  • As per the sources, China has asked India to send high-level representation as well as a military contingent of 75 troops to take part in what will be a grand parade on Tiananmen Square in the heart of Beijing.
  • So far only Russia, Mongolia, Egypt and the Czech Republic have confirmed their visit to China. The US, Europe, Britain is yet to decide just like India. And although Japan was invited, it seems extremely unlikely that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe would attend the parade.