FIIA Comment

FIIA Comment 15 (2015)   

Parading for peace?
China’s military parade targets both domestic and foreign audiences

Published 3.9.2015

Elina Sinkkonen
The Finnish Institute of International Affairs

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China held a military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. By showcasing the country’s military strength, the ruling Communist Party wants to emphasise its leadership, increase national unity and send a message to Japan and the US that China is able to safeguard its national interests by military means.