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Three prevailing: To commemorate history underscores a belief towards the future

Editor: Li Kun 丨CCTV.com

09-03-2015 16:42 BJT

By Hu Yifeng, research director, Literary Criticism Center, Literary and Art Association

Chinese President Xi Jinping delivered a speech at the grand ceremony and parade to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the victory in the Chinese people's War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression and the World Anti-Fascist War in Tiananmen Square,Beijing on September 3.

Several months ago, an announcement of the upcoming parade has captured the international media's attention. Some media outlets believe that normally the parade is held on National Day in China, but this time is an exception. The Sep.3 parade is in line with the current international situation and logic of historic development. This argument is embodied more clearly from President Xi's speech at the ceremony.

Xi expounded on the Chinese attitude towards history. History is seen as the echo of the past towards the future, and a reflection of the past for the future. History serves as the best tutor for us, which has been written down each step of a country's development; and has offered inspiration for its future plans as well.

China has a long history and is a nation that gives much attention to history. From the perspective of Chinese people, the present is defined by the past. History is considered the best textbook and a dose of sobriety.

Holding ceremonies or activities for the War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression aims to make history announce and declare with facts: Let people bear in mind the great truth of history: Justice will prevail! Peace will prevail! The people will prevail! They are also warning signs that people should remember history, cherish the memory of martyrs and peace, and initiate the future.

Xi declared China's attitude towards defending world peace in his speech. Peace is human beings' most enduring aspiration for people to achieve their dreams.

Since ancient times, the Chinese people have loved peace and struggled for it. In modern times, the Chinese people have suffered from the war under the oppression and aggression of foreign powers, and still have unforgettable war-torn memories. The experience of war makes people value peace all the more. No matter how much stronger it may become, China will never seek hegemony or expansion. It will never inflict its past suffering on any other nation. Xi announced that China will cut the number of its troops by 300,000.

History tells people how precious the peace is, and that people need to pursue and safeguard it. If everyone cherishes and safeguards peace, the peace remains promising.

In today's world, peace, development, cooperation and win-win has become an irreversible trend of the time. The Chinese people and people from all over the world will cherish and safeguard the hard-won peace,uphold the outcomes of the Chinese People's War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression and the World Anti-Fascist War, and make great contributions for a better future of peace and development of humanity.

Xi expressed China's determination to carry forward international justice in his speech. For 70 years, the world has been in a long post-war period. Today's world is built under the framework of victory over fascism.

Peace and development of human society has brought victorious fruits achieved on the basis of thousands of peoples' sacrifice. To safeguard the fruits of anti-fascism war is a basis for a better future of the world.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's post-war statement on August 14 is still a challenge against axiom and justice. This shows that opponent powers towards the framework of the international order after World War II are still active.

Today, peace and development have become the prevailing trend, but the world is far from tranquil. War is the sword of Damocles that still hangs over society. A common destiny of humanity could not be made without the justice all over the world, with more sober minds and more determined attitudes. Mutual respect, equality, peaceful development and common prosperity represent the right path to take. All countries should uphold the international order and system underpinned by the purposes and principles of the UN Charter, build a new type of international relations featuring win-win cooperation. Human society needs to be guided and to develop in a new international political and economic order based on fairness, reasonableness, equality and mutually benefits to advance the noble cause of global peace and development.


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