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Defending WWII victory legacies for peace and stability

Editor: Li Kun 丨CCTV.com

09-05-2015 13:05 BJT

By Victor Gao, Chairman of China Energy Security Institute, and former English interpreter for Deng Xiaoping

China's WWII 70th Anniversary Victory Parade on September 3 had come and gone with a Big Bang.

Unlike previous military parades in China, which attracted mostly Chinese participants, this parade attracted top leaders from 49 countries and a dozen international and regional organizations, along with military formations and delegations from 17 countries.  

While many western media reports focused on the absence of top leaders from major western countries, as well as the display of advanced and powerful weapons and missiles; the euphoria triggered by the parade marked the need to maintain peace and stability in the world today.

China fought against Japanese fascist aggression for over 14 years from 1931 to 1945, the longest among all the Allied countries and sustained the most horrific sacrifices with more than 30 million losses of civilian lives and military casualties.  

At its peak, 5 million square kilometers of Chinese land and its coastline were occupied by the Japanese.  

They wanted to break the will of the nation to use all Chinese people and their material resources to help Japan fight against the United States, United Kingdom and other Allied countries.  

Yet, China refused to surrender and until 1941, they fought in isolation against overwhelming odds, but then the UK, and other Allied countries, including the former Soviet Union came to help them.  

If China had surrendered, the evil forces of fascism might have won WWII. The ultimate victory of the Allied countries against fascism in the WWII stands as a victory of justice and peace. 

We shall celebrate and defend the victory legacies of WWII, because it’s an effective manner to ensure that another world war will never happen again.

Our society should be constantly reminded that the current world order is rooted in the victory legacies of WWII.  The United Nations, UN Security Council and various UN organizations, together with 193 UN member countries, can work together to make sure that we no longer suffer from another world war. 

By launching the WWII Victory Parade in Beijing on September 3, China pledged its commitment to keep peace and stability, and safeguard the world order that we live in. 

Any attempts to challenge the current world order, to threaten and undermine peace and stability in the world, will be vehemently opposed by China.

As one of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, China is a powerful force for keeping global peace and stability. 

Some people may worry about China flexing its military muscles, but suchworries are misplaced.  A strong, united China, committed to keeping peace and stability, will contribute to make the world safer and better.  

China's military power, including its increasingly sophisticated and lethal weapons and missile systems, can ensure that no country would dare invade China without suffering devastating consequences. China has a capable military force to defend its people..

For the US, not to have its top representation at the parade stood as an important missed opportunity.  Philosophically, defending WWII Victory Legacies should be in line with the national interests of the US.  

However, if the US would ever wane or cease to defend WWII victory legacies, China would continue to do so by itself and in the future as well. 

The absence of Japan at China's WWII Victory Parade once again revealed that Tokyo has not made the leap of faith to break away from its fascist ghosts.  

Japan will make significant progress if Tokyo comes to the conclusion that the Japanese were victims of fascism, just as Germany has realized that they were victimized by the Nazis.

By making this leap of faith, Japan can achieve spiritual freedom and earn recognition as a "normal" nation.

Needless to say, the Chinese are looking forward to the next WWII Victor Parade.  


( The opinions expressed here do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Panview or CCTV.com. )



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