Minitrue: Downplay Western Leaders Not at Parade

The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online. The name of the issuing body has been omitted to protect the source.

Do not hype or comment on those high leaders of major Western countries who are not attending the September 3 military parade commemorating the 70th anniversary of the victory in the war against Japan. (September 2, 2015) [Chinese]

A report from Quartz’s Nikhil Sonnad relays a list of the 30 foreign leaders that state media confirmed would be in attendance at the military parade in Beijing on September 3, noting:

The list does include South Korean president Park Geun-hye, as well as Russia’s Vladimir Putin. But other than those two, there is not much in the name of geopolitical or diplomatic clout. No Western countries will be sending a head of state: Poland is sending a head legislator while Argentina and Cuba will be represented by vice presidents. Also missing are Asian neighbors like Indonesia, the Philippines, and Malaysia, all of which were invited. [Source]

Some of the propaganda directives issued on August 23 and translated by CDT remain in effect until September 5. For more on China’s military parade commemorating the 70th anniversary of Japan’s World War II defeat, see prior CDT coverage. Also, watch the parade on Xinhua’s YouTube channel.

真Since directives are sometimes communicated orally to journalists and editors, whothen leak them online, the wording published here may not be exact. The date given may indicate when the directive was leaked, rather than when it was issued. CDT does its utmost to verify dates and wording, but also takes precautions to protect the source.