China's planned military parade to mark the end of World War II is likely to be held at the site Japan attacked in 1937 to trigger the Second Sino-Japanese War, according to two officials with direct knowledge of the plan.

The September parade to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Japan's defeat will probably be held at a square next to Beijing's Marco Polo bridge, rather than at Tiananmen Square, where military processions are traditionally held, said the officials, who asked not to be named as the plan isn't public.

In Tokyo, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Japan is gathering information on the parade.