Analysis: Why didn’t western leaders attend the Beijing 9.3 Parade?

By Xuefei Chen Axelsson

This morning I called my mother who is in Beijing. She told me that during the 9.3 military parade in Beijing, the weather was extremely good and the blue sky really appeared which made her very happy.

Then she asked me a question with some disappointment.

“Why didn’t your country leader come to Beijing to attend the 9.3 Parade?” she asked.

I didn’t know how to answer this question. I said because we had a big time difference of 6 hours. So when Beijing began the parade, we were sleeping.  But I know the Beijing people who happened to be in Stockholm didn’t sleep and watched the parade with smartphones and followed the rythem of the motherland.

Then I said maybe because Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin was there so the west didn’t like him and they didn’t attend. Or maybe because they were not happy to see China was very strong.

I learnt that Sweden commented about the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki which helped ended the Second World War and the Japanese invasion of China. Now they said there should be no atomic bombs and under no circumstance can man use it.

That was in the belief that we don’t want any war, we only want peace.

I said but there are large scale reports about the parade in Swedish media.

But why didn’t western leaders attend the parade? To be honest, I didn’t know. I thought they might feel not very happy.

What do you think? leave your comments.


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