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A paramilitary policeman stands at attention in Tiananmen Square in Beijing on September 2, 2015. China is preparing to hold a massive military parade on September 3, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Japan's defeat in 1945 and the end of World War II. AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAOWANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images
A paramilitary policeman stands at attention in Tiananmen Square in Beijing on September 2, 2015. China is preparing to hold a massive military parade on September 3, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Japan's defeat in 1945 and the end of World War II. AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAOWANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images

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Massive military parade to begin in Beijing shortly

China will be flexing its might in a massive military parade partially in an effort to send a message to the U.S., Japan and others. CNN's Will Ripley reports live from Beijing.

Massive military parade to begin in Beijing shortly

China will be flexing its might in a massive military parade partially in an effort to send a message to the U.S., Japan and others. CNN's Will Ripley reports live from Beijing.