August 27, 2015 12:46
Cheong Wa Dae on Wednesday explained that President Park Geun-hye's decision to attend a massive military parade marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Beijing "was made in consideration of friendly relations with China."
The decision is somewhat controversial as the U.S. has been leaning on allies to stay away because it feels its regional hegemony under threat from China's resurgent military might.
But presidential spokesman Min Kyung-wook said, "The decision was made in consideration of our friendly relations with China and our hope that China will contribute to peace and reunification of the Korean Peninsula."
Park and Chinese President Xi Jinping will meet the day before the celebrations on Sept. 2.
The Defense Ministry on Wednesday said a delegation of three military officials will attend the parade, which would be a first for the two countries.
Meanwhile, North Korea is sending Choe Ryong-hae, a senior Workers Party secretary, on behalf of leader Kim Jong-un.
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