Japan’s complaint over Ban’s China military parade visit rejected by U.N.


The United Nations on Monday brushed aside Japanese complaints over Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s plan to attend a military parade in Beijing, saying the World War II commemoration was an opportunity to reflect on the past.

Japan complained that the United Nations should remain “neutral” and shun the military parade this week marking 70 years since Japan’s defeat in World War II.

U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric stressed that Ban had attended similar events throughout the year, notably in Poland, Ukraine and in Moscow, where President Vladimir Putin staged a show of military might.

Ban “hopes that all countries will use this time to reflect on the past and obviously look to the future,” said Dujarric.

China’s parade on Thursday, which comes as Beijing takes a more assertive stance regionally, will see 12,000 soldiers and 500 pieces of military hardware roll through Tiananmen Square. Nearly 200 aircraft will fly overhead.

Two dozen heads of state and government are scheduled to attend including Putin, South Korea’s Park Geun-Hye and South Africa’s Jacob Zuma among the most prominent.

Former Japanese Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama — who issued a landmark apology for the war in 1995 — will be present at the commemorations in a personal capacity, but Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is staying away.

The conflict is officially known in the country as the “Chinese People’s War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression and the World Anti-Fascist War.

  • yongj29

    Japan still refuses to admit aggression during WW2. This is the characters of the aggressive Japanese people.

  • timefox

    After participating in military parade, U.N. Secretary General remarked that UN wasn’t neutral. UN is the lowest organization. There is no justice in UN which sanctions a Chinese invasion act.
    A footstep of a war is heard from Beijing. Japan and the Southeast Asian nations which are invaded or provoked by China have to be solid and opposed.
    The day when one of new history fabrication was born again by China and Korea.
    China is treating Japan as a devil to invade Japan and South East Asia.
    And after brainwashing people by a delusion, it’s the purpose to invade and rule Japan and South East Asia.
    The national representatives who invade an other country by violence just gathered in today’s ceremony.
    Korean invasion in Japan territory Takeshima,
    Chinese invasion to Japan territory Senkaku-shoto,
    Chinese invasion to Southeast Asia and
    Russian invasion in Ukrainian.
    The Sudanese president placed on a wanted list by a crime of a slaughter from UN participated in military parade. A secretary general of UN participated in military parade, too. And two people took a picture by a smiling face together. China where UN is a permanent member of the Security Council didn’t arrest this slaughter conviction. This is China.