Erap in China to attend World War II parade—spokesman
Amid tensions in the West Philippine Sea, Manila mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada has flown to China to attend a huge military parade commemorating Japan’s defeat in World War II, his spokesman said.
Diego Cagahastian said the former president will attend in his capacity as mayor of Manila and not as a representative of the national government.
“He will be going as an invited guest. Manila is the sister city of Beijing and he is going as mayor of Manila,” Cagahastian was quoted in an AFP report.
Cagahastian added Estrada will be on Beijing until September 6.
China’s “Victory Day” will be held on September 3 to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.
Beijing will stage a huge military parade through the center of the city, where 12,000 Chinese troops, joined by military units from 17 other countries, will march past leaders assembled at Tiananmen Gate as aircraft fly in formation overhead.
While the leaders of “all relevant countries” were invited, heads of state of Japan and major Western countries declined and will be represented by lower-level officials, according to New York Times.
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