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Chinese ambassador: Red Square parade shows China-Russia strategic ties

(Source: China Military Online)   2015-04-28

  BEIJING, April 28 (ChinaMil) -- In the world today, people from different countries should draw lessons from history, enhance friendship and coordination and help each other, so as to contain hegemonism and new colonialism, crack down on terrorism, maintain the world peace and stability, promote common development for countries worldwide and realize common growth of human civilization, said Li Hui, Chinese ambassador to Russia, in an interview by the Xinhua News Agency.

  Li said that this year marks the 70th anniversary of the victory of the Chinese People’s War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression, as well as the victory of Soviet Union’s Great Patriotic War against Nazi Germany, namely the World Anti-Fascist War.

  As two major battle fields in Asia and Europe during the WWII, China and Russia will held a series of commemorate activities. Chinese leaders, at invitation, will attend the 70th anniversary of the victory of the World Anti-Fascist War in Russia, Li added.

  Li said leaders from the two countries will give an overall review of the positive results from the bilateral strategic coordination and pragmatic cooperation in all fields in last year.

  The two sides will also plan for the direction and fields of future cooperation, enrich the contents of bilateral strategic coordination and pragmatic cooperation and constantly lift the bilateral relations at a new stage, Li said.

  Li pointed out that it is of great significance for Chinese leaders’ attendance in the commemorate event in Russia. It demonstrates the sophisticated and special relations between China and Russia. And it showcases the determination and confidence of the two countries on maintaining the world peace and development, as the permanent members of the UN Security Council and the victors of the WWII. In addition, it also shows the people from the two countries cherish their friendship forged by blood and earnestly hope to create a bright future by their joint efforts.

  Li said Chinese leaders’ visit will surely catalyze the development of the China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership at a higher level and inject positive energy in keeping the peace and stability of the world.

  Every May 9 is the memorial day of the victory of Soviet Union’s Great Patriotic War against Nazi Germany. Holding a military parade at the Red Square in Moscow has become a tradition for Russia to review the history of the anti-Fascist war, showcase the national power and people’s dignity and express the national spirit.

  The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA), at the invitation of Russia, will dispatch troops to attend the military parade at the Red Square.

  Li introduced that it is the first time for China to send troops to attend the Russian military parade at the Red Square. It is one of the most important events in the bilateral exchanges, fully demonstrating the rich content of the China-Russia strategic coordination, making it clear that Chinese people stand ready to safeguard the fruit of the victory of the WWII and the world peace and stability with people around the world, and highlighting the sacred spirit of allied nations for their joint operations and brave fighting in the WWII.

  The two countries solemnly hold the commemorate activities for the 70th anniversary of the victory of the Anti-Fascist War in the purpose of bearing in mind the history, honoring martyrs, cherishing the peace and looking to the future, Li said.

  China and Russia should take this opportunity to urge all sides to reiterate their commitment to the purpose and principle of the UN Charter, explore effective ways to keep international peace and security, enhance people’s awareness of peace to avoid repeating the tragedy of history and jointly protect the fruit of anti-fascist war and international justice through the commemorate events, Li emphasized.

  Li expressed that China resolutely opposes any attempt to distort the history of the WWII in defiance of the post-war international order. Seventy years ago, Japan lost the war of aggression. Seventy years afterward, Japan must not lose its conscience. China hopes that Japan would draw lessons from history, correct attitude, properly handle the historic issues and make a clean break with militarism.

  As to the China-Russia relations, Li said the bilateral ties are at the best period of development and continue to develop at high level.

  The two sides attach great attention to mutual assistance, bear in mind the mutual benefits and cooperation, seek common growth and make success in building new type of international relations featuring cooperation and win-win. The two sides have set an example for neighboring countries, major countries and emerging economies to realize harmonious coexistence and win-win results, Li continued.

  Li said the highlights of bilateral exchanges in 2015 is the unprecedented high-level exchanges. In addition to the two leaders’ attendance of the commemorate events, the two sides will maintain exchanges at various international occasions including the BRICS conference, SCO summit, G20 summit and APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting.

  The prime ministers from the two countries will regularly have talks on energy cooperation, people-to-people cooperation and investment under the above frameworks. New progress will also be made from the prime ministers' regular meetings.

  In this year, the two countries will strive to reach the goal of US$100 billion bilateral trade, sign the cooperation agreement on the Silk Road Economic Belt to align Russia for cooperation, start construction of eastern gas pipeline, sign the contract of western pipeline cooperation project, step up the development of long-distance passenger planes, launch development strategic cooperation in far east area and boost the cooperation on the building of high-speed rail.

  At the same time, the two sides will continue to deepen cooperation in the fields of finance, oil, gas, nuclear power and new energy.

  Li said that the China-Russia pragmatic cooperation will be expanded and deepened with more features, which will instill new vitality into lifting the China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership.

Editor:Zhang Tao
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