South Korea’s Park To Visit China For WW II Anniversary

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South Korea President Park Geun-Hye.

South Korea President Park Geun-Hye.

South Korea said Thursday that President Park Geun-Hye would attend upcoming celebrations in Beijing to mark China’s victory over Japan in World War II- an anniversary that most world leaders look set to shun. But Park’s senior secretary for foreign affairs, Ju Chul-Ki told reporters no final decision had been made on wether the president would attend the showpiece event- a huge military parade in the Chinese capital on September 3. “Discussions are currently under way on that,” Ju said while adding that Park was expected to hold a summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping during her three day stay. China has pushed hard for a decent turn out of foreign leaders, but many seem concerned at the prospect of a parade that could marry a showcase for the military prowess of an increasingly assertive China with overt anti-Japanese sentiment. Beijing, however, insists the event has only peaceful aims. Russian President Vladimir Putin, who staged a similar military parade in May boycotted by many Western leaders, is one of the few to have confirmed his attendance. South Korea and China share a historical antipathy towards Japan, whose legacy of military aggression left both countries deeply scarred.

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