China Rejects Japan’s Complaint Over United Nations Ban Ki Moon Attendance of World War 2 Celebration
D-Bo , Sept. 1, 2015, 8:16 a.m.
China on Tuesday rejected the Japanese complaints over U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's plan to attend this week's huge military parade in Beijing marking the end of World War II. Ban is among about 30 heads of state that will attend the military parade on Thursday. Japan has complained over the planned attendance of Ban, saying the U.N. should remain neutral.
Asked about the Japanese complaints, China's foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying repeated Beijing's stance that the Thursday event is not taking aim at an anti-Japan agenda. Describing the Japanese complaints as "vexatious," Hua urged Japan to face up to its past history of aggression.
Despite the Chinese stance, the parade is expected to highlight Japan's defeat in the war, while showing off China's fast-growing military capabilities. Many Western leaders are skipping the military parade amid China's increasingly assertive military actions in disputed seas, including the South China Sea.