Zuma attends China's World War celebrations

The president is among 30 world leaders at China's 70th anniversary celebrations of the end of WWII.

FILE: On the VIP stand Zuma will be with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir. Picture: GCIS.

PRETORIA - President Jacob Zuma is among 30 world leaders attending China's celebration of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.

Zuma will have bilateral talks with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping reviewing progress in implementing the five to 10 year plan of strategic cooperation between the two countries.

Tensions in the South China Sea are keeping the bulk of western leaders away from China's celebrations marking 70 years since Japan's surrender, in what Beijing calls the Anti-fascist War.

Jinping will review the parade of 12,000 soldiers and military hardware representing the largest army in the world.

On the VIP stand Zuma will be with Russian President Vladimir Putin and S udanese President Omar al-Bashir, whose invitation flies in the face of the International Criminal Court's wish to try him for war crimes in Darfur.