I Can't Stand to Watch Any More of the Chinese Victory Parade, but I Encourage You to Do So

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

My lord. The livestream is here.

One of the units whose predecessors prevailed over Japanese soldiers, being celebrated in Beijing today.

If I were living in — oh, I don’t know, maybe Japan — I would be getting pretty alarmed just now, since the introduction for every heroic unit of the People’s Liberation Army is that their forebears “killed more than a thousand Japanese soldiers,” “ambushed a Japanese battalion,” “defeated the Japanese invaders,” etc. Check it out for yourself.

For background, please check out this previous item. I think I’ll start watching baseball or the U.S. Open tennis now.