29 Aug 2015

Fiji's soldiers will march in China's V-Day parade

10:16 am on 29 August 2015
Fiji Military pass out parade.

Fiji Military pass out parade. Photo: Fiji Government

Fijian soldiers will be among 1000 foreign troops at a massive military parade in China next week.

The V-Day parade will showcase China's weaponry and military might to mark the seventieth anniversary of Japan's surrender in the Second World War.

Fiji is among 17 foreign countries which have sent troops to join the parade.

Fiji's land force commander Colonel Sitiveni Qiliho has told China's Xinhua news agency Fiji has seven troops taking part and five senior defence officials observing the parade on Thursday.

A total of twelve thousand troops will march in the ceremony.

Colonel Qiliho says Fiji's participation exemplifies its strong relations with China.

He says Fiji continues to send troops to China for military training and there was no better way to reciprocate China's support for Fiji than to march with them in the parade.