Chinese military helicopters, taking part in a rehearsal ahead of a military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, fly over a flock of birds, in Beijing on August 23, 2015. China will hold a huge military parade on September 3, which will mark the 70th anniversary of victory over Japanese forces as well as the broader defeat of the Axis powers in World War II. Getty Images/AFP/WANG ZHAO

BEIJING (Reuters) - A senior North Korean official will visit China next week to attend a military parade in Beijing marking 70 years since the end of World War Two, a top Chinese diplomat said on Tuesday.

Choe Ryong Hae, secretary of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea, will attend the Sept. 3 parade, Chinese deputy foreign minister Zhang Ming told a news briefing.

Other foreign leaders attending include Russian President Vladimir Putin, Sudan President Omar Hassan al-Bashir and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, Zhang said.

No major Western leaders are attending. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has also decided not to attend, in part because of concerns over China's military expansion in the region.

Choe at one point was North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's number two on the powerful National Defence Commission. He traveled to Beijing in 2013 where he met President Xi Jinping, and to Moscow last year for meetings with Putin.