The V-Day parade held in Beijing marking the 70th anniversary of Japan's surrender and the end of World War II drew attention not only in China, but also in the rest of the world. Here we bring together insights and observations by global experts and China Daily bloggers who followed the event.

China's V-Day parade criticism 'sour grapes'

Harvey Dzodin

Senior adviser to Tsinghua University and vice-president of ABC Television

Some commentators have criticized the weapons' display because they are not merely defensive, and can be used for aggression. To me this is sour grapes. As a rising power, China is entitled to defend itself and create a deterrent force befitting its rise.


China's role in World War II undeniable

John Ross

Senior Fellow at Chongyang Institute, Renmin University of China.

The distortion of the history of World War II in the West is something intellectually shameful and not merely a historical matter. The view of World War II typically presented in the Western media is that the World War against fascism was won by American marines.


Parades are ways to preserve order and justice

Vassily Kashin

Analyst with the Centre for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies in Moscow

From a military point of view, the parade indeed highlighted the changing balance of military power in Asia and globally. That process is natural, unavoidable and unstoppable. China is now the second largest economy and the largest trading nation on the planet.


A nation that swears by people, peace and justice

Mourad Alami

German language professor in Hefei University

Xi announced that China's military will cut its number by 300,000 by the end of 2017. China is a peaceful country and will remain so thanks to its long history and unique capability to adapt to and integrate foreign influences in its culture.


Victory Parade is of great significance for the world

Nicolas Santo

Former research scholar at Harvard Law School and Tsinghua University.

On the rare occasion where China takes a moment to reflect on its past, on the injuries the country suffered during the war, perhaps it is an opportunity for us as well, to reflect on the meaning and the continuing need for peace.


China's military review: A peaceful demonstration

Han Dongping

Professor of Warren Wilson College and guest professor of Hebei University.

China sees it as an occasion to demonstrate the Chinese people's determination to defend peace. It is to show that the Chinese government has a legal obligation to ensure the Chinese people that China will never again become a victim of imperialism.


President Xi is a true world class leader

Michael Murphy (US)

President Xi showed himself a true world class leader, a leader who deserves the respect and honor due to any great man who has ever existed in history.


China's army cuts an example to follow

Sean Boyce (Scotland)

Hopefully China's military cut will be an example other countries choose to follow, an example that will hopefully lead to peace among all countries and people.


Reassurance to world of China's peaceful trend

Edward Kofi Turkson (Republic of Ghana)

Seventy years after the end of the Second World War they witnessed a grand celebration of that victory over some of the darkest moments in human history.


Parade brings Chinese blogger in Switzerland closer to home

Zhu Yi (Switzerland)

The Military Parade had a shocking effect on me because it shows us a strong China. A China that is capable of providing its nationals a safe and stable environment.


Chinese military parade a display of peace

Collin Speakman (UK)

This parade is fitting as an opportunity to learn the lessons from such events and show that peace is the most important goal among the world's leaders.


Don't be shy to flaunt peace-keeping arsenal

Jasemin Sibo Ho (Malaysia)

Some doubters claim China's military parade was nothing but a display of might and weaponry. I see nothing wrong with the notion "If you have it, flaunt it."


V-day Parade - The duty of sons and daughters

Thushara Subasinghe    (Sri Lanka)

Now China is powerful and wealthy. It no longer needs sympathy from others to write its role in history. The country itself can occupy its rightful place in history.