• China has pulled off a momentous V-J Day parade on Sept. 3 at the iconic Tiananmen Square in Beijing.

China has pulled off a momentous V-J Day parade on Sept. 3 at the iconic Tiananmen Square in Beijing. (Photo : Reuters)

The recently held military parade commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II and China's hard-won victory against the Japanese aggression drew praises from Chinese viewers across the nation.

The spectators, who were left in awe and admiration, enjoyed the world-anticipated parade in various ways.

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While many people flocked to areas near the parade as early as six in the morning to get a good view, some opted to watch live broadcasts and share their pride and delight via social media platforms.

"They must be proud of what they contributed to our country 70 years ago," Elnur, an English teacher from the ethnic group Uyghur, remarked.

Elnur, who resides in northwest China's Xinjiang capital of Urumqi, watched the V-J Day parade on TV while exchanging comments and photos with her friends through WeChat.

In Beijing's Peking University, students and teachers assembled at the canteen to witness the parade on TV. The new semester has not started yet but the area was filled with an eager crowd.

For Lin Nan, a postgraduate student, the parade stirred the emotions of the Chinese people, giving them a sense of pride and security. During the historic event, the Chinese military showcased its prowess as it launched different state-of-the-art equipment.

Lin also lauded the speech of President Xi Jinping, who remarked that no matter how strong China may become, it will never inflict the suffering it experienced on any other country.

The 11th Panchen Lama Baingen Erdini Qoiyijabu also urged the Chinese to cherish the hard-won victory over the Japanese after watching the parade at the iconic Tiananmen Square.

During his speech, Xi emphasized that the Chinese People's War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression "started the earliest and lasted the longest."

Over 35 million Chinese people--military and civilian--were killed or injured during the war. The figure accounts for a third of World War II's total casualties.

The parade was joined by more than 100 representatives of veterans who fought during the war.