Chinese President Xi Jinping received leaders of several nations and international guests for a military parade to commemorate China's victory over Japan in World War Two. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan welcomed leaders of several nations and international guests on Wednesday (September 3) before a massive military parade to commemorate victory over Japan in World War Two, an event shunned by Western leaders but which underscores Beijing's growing confidence in its armed forces. Xi and Peng shook hands with the visiting World leaders and guests, including U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, South African President Jacob Zuma, South Korean President Park Geun-hye and Russian President Vladimir Putin at the foot of Tiananmen Tower. Most Western leaders rebuffed invitations to attend, diplomats said, unhappy about the guest list and wary of the message China is sending to a region already rattled by its military assertiveness, especially in the South China Sea.