It’s still a few days until PLA troops march gloriously on to Red Square to take part in this year’s Moscow Victory Day Parade, but already a video of their rehearsal in the streets of Moscow has caused netizens to grow giddy with excitement and patriotic fervor.
This year’s Victory Day celebrations (May 9), commemorating the 70th anniversary of the capitulation of Nazi Germany, will be the first ever to include Chinese soldiers. China Daily reports that more than 100 soldiers from the mainland will take part and this symbolic event will signal that the strategic partnership between China and Russia has entered a new phase.
Which is kind of a bummer, because we were just getting used to the old phase with Russian daredevil climbers, immigrating tigers and smart phones entering China from Russia, while high-speed railway designs and carefully worded diplomatic non-statements flow the other way.
While the PLA might be the star of the show, leaders of 26 countries will also be in attendance, including Chinese President Xi Jinping (though perhaps not his better half), as well as United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon. The leaders of Western nations like the United States, France and Germany will be noticeably absent, along with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, who sadly cancelled due to “internal North Korean issues.” Just won’t be the same without him.
The brief 24 second video has already received 1.5 million views on YouKu, with most commentators voicing their desire for more stirring footage of the handsome marchers occupying Moscow.
by Alex Linder
[Images via Youku]