Around 10 AM, Beijing Standard Time, today on September 3rd, China has been joining in with the somber look back at the war 70 years ago... with a military parade. With about 12,000 troops, over 200 aircraft and numerous tanks and missiles, including a DF-21D described as a "carrier killer", there was plenty of muscle flexing by the Chinese today, especially since this was the first time they've done a military parade in celebration of V-J Day. While many delegates and world leaders attended (Vladamir Putin, former President Jiang Zemin and South Korea's Park Geun-hye) the whole scene today is... problematic.

Don't get me wrong, while I don't deny Chinese involvement in WWII was important and their losses were great (The Rape of Nanjing most prominent), the ongoing feud over the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands, the build up of reefs and sandbars in the South China sea in what look to be military bases and the repeated hacking of government agencies in the United States makes me feel like this is a continued attempt for Communist China to show their military might, despite claiming to be reducing military personnel by 300,000 (though no time table has been given, not to mention that according to the world bank, their numbers would still be greater in base manpower to the United States.)