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China has extended invitations to the militaries of the two Koreas to take part in a Chinese parade in September marking the 70th anniversary of World War II’s end, the Yonhap news agency reported Wednesday.

“To my knowledge, China has sent invitations to the militaries of South and North Korea to take part in the military parade,” a South Korean diplomatic source was quoted as saying in the dispatch from Beijing.

The source said South Korea is “carefully weighing” the invitation but has not yet made a decision on the matter.

The military parade, which will be held on Sept. 3 in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, will mark the first of the kind for China to commemorate what the country calls its victory in the war against Japanese aggression.

China has said it invited foreign troops to participate in the parade, but has refrained from offering specific information on foreign participation.