War criminal Tony Blair to attend divisive Chinese WWII commemorations

Amid heightened geopolitical tensions, former Prime Minister Tony Blair will visit Beijing in September to attend China’s Victory Day event alongside the Russian and Venezuelan leaders.

The Victory Day event will take place over two days, starting on September 2. Some governments will not be sending representatives as they believe the commemoration may be used as an opportunity to showcase China’s military might.

It will involve more than 10,000 Chinese troops and hundreds of foreign military personnel from Cuba, Pakistan and other states marching through Tiananmen Square to mark 70 years since the Japanese surrender.

Other guests include Russian President Vladimir Putin and Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro, as well as Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir.

The parade will be the first of its kind to mark the end of hostilities in 1945, which has led to concerns it will be used to flex military and political muscle, not least with regards to China’s long feud with neighboring Japan.

US President Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and UK Prime Minister David Cameron will not be at the event, apparently for those reasons.

However former German leader Gerhard Schroeder and ex-Japanese Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama, who in 1995 issued an apology for Japanese conduct during the Second World War, will be in attendance.

Current Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who has in the past been accused of revising and watering down the so-called Murayama Apology, will not attend.

Blair’s closeness to China’s authoritarian regime and his business activities in the country have been subject to criticism in recent months.

Via RT.