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    Beijing expects Moscow to hold "another successful ceremony" on May 9 commemorating the Soviet Union's victory in the Great Patriotic War.

    BEIJING (Sputnik) — Beijing expects Moscow to hold a successful Victory Day military parade honoring the 71st anniversary of Nazi Germany's capitulation on May 9, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said Friday.

    "We expect that Russia will hold another successful ceremony this year," Hong told a news briefing, adding that it was yet unknown whether China would send a delegation to the celebration.

    In May 2015, Chinese leader Xi Jinping visited Moscow to participate in the celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the Soviet contribution to the Allied victory in World War II, including the biggest ever military parade, featuring over 15,000 service personnel and some 200 pieces of military equipment.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Beijing in September to take part in the celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of China’s contribution to the victory in the Second Sino-Japanese War, also known as the War of Resistance against Japan, and the end of World War II.

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