Reception held to celebrate 88th anniversary of PLA's founding
(Source: Xinhua) 2015-07-31
China's Ministry of National Defense holds a reception to celebrate the 88th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) in Beijing on July 31. (Xinhua/ Zha Chunming)
BEIJING, July 31 (Xinhua) -- A reception was held to celebrate the 88th anniversary of the founding of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Friday, a day ahead of China's Army Day.
The reception, presided over by Defense Minister Chang Wanquan, hosted guests from all branches of the Chinese army, government bodies and foreign embassies, as well as representatives of veterans, retired army cadres and relatives of martyrs.
Chang said in his opening remarks that this year, which marks the 70th anniversary of the victory of the World Anti-Fascist War as well as the Chinese People's War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression, is a "special and important" historical moment.
A series of commemorative activities have already been held, and a grand military parade will be held in Beijing on Sept. 3.
"This is not only to show respect to history, the memory of the fallen, and the commitment to peace, but also to create a better future," Chang said.
Chang said the PLA has emerged from grueling years of war and is "destined not to fear war, but will definitely cherish peace."
"We want peace, not war; cooperation, not confrontation. This is the common aspiration of people around the world," he said.
He also pledged to stay committed to a national defense policy that is defensive in nature, strengthen communication and cooperation with militaries of all countries, and strive to take on more global responsibilities and obligations.
In August 1927, armed forces led by the Communist Party of China held an uprising against warlords. The first day of August was later designated as the PLA's founding day.