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Awarding veterans of the Chinese war of resistance against Japan

Editor: Li Kun 丨CCTV.com

09-02-2015 14:58 BJT

By Zhangyong, Associate Researcher, Japan Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences; the Secretary General, China-Japanese Relations Center

On September 2, Chinese president Xi Jinping awarded medals to surviving veterans, generals of the Chinese People's War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression and their survivors, which demonstrate vital elements, such as bearing in mind the significance of history, inheriting the war spirit and making a peace pledge.

The Chinese People's War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression was arduous, leaving behind a rich "legacy" for the following generations. Many old people have given their accounts of participating in the War in a series of interviews conducted by an academic researcher on Japan.

When the Japanese invaded China, the Chinese people were facing a crisis of national subjugation and genocide. Numerous young people were engaged in the cause of Counter-Japanese national salvation. They shed their blood and had given their lives for the revolutionary cause.

At the historical event of the 70th anniversary of victory of Chinese People' War of Resistance of Japanese Aggression, the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, the State Council or Cabinet and the Central Military Commission announced the offering of award Medals for Veterans. China and other nationalities should never forget them. Every Chinese person who cherishes peace must never forget them.

A kind old veteran recalled the exciting moment in 1945 in Yanan, a revolutionary base in northwest China where they heard the news that Japan had surrendered. They knocked their basins loudly and lit bonfires to celebrate.

These old veterans had dedication and optimistic spirits to fear no sacrifice and struggles, which are peculiar to revolutionaries. These worshipful internal characteristics are full of "positive energy" not only in the revolutionary era but also at the present peace-building age.

Chinese president Xi once chanted a Chinese archaism: "Much worry makes a saint of a man, much distress makes the prosperity of a nation." The victory of the Chinese people's War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression had proven that the Chinese nation holds tenacious vitality and magnificent creativity.

As long as we are closely united, there is nothing we cannot conquer. Facing the future, we have identified a "two 100-year" goal. To award medals to veterans does commemorate their wishes and expectations.

It brings the hope to present builders as they pass down the spirit and quality of revolution and shoulder up to the historical mission of the "China Dream".

The China-led resistance against fascist Japan  opened the Asia-Pacific theater or the Oriental main battlefield of the World Anti-Fascist War. The Chinese immortal contributions had saved the nation, realizing national independence and liberation to fulfill the great cause of world peace.

Chinese people have always loved peace, but it doesn't mean they are afraid of foreign aggression and power politics. The victory of the eight-year Anti-Japanese War would stand as the best proof.

70 years after the war, China has been a strong advocate for international justice and its defenders. As an old Chinese old saying goes, "Trees may prefer calm but the wind will not subside".

Although China is committed to peaceful development, the international and regional situations, however, are not at all peaceful. Some countries continue to hold on to "cold war thinking," which should have been thrown to the rubbish dump, because its policies endorse "exclusiveness" not "inclusiveness."

Accordingly, honoring those who contributed to the Chinese People's War against Japanese Aggressionhighlights our determination and the popular feelings of Chinese people.

This all-important peace pledge reminds the world that China will continue to cherish peace, maintain justice, to share glory with the world, and to support win-win scenarios and common prosperity for the world.


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