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V-Day celebrated for mission of peace

(Source: Xinhua)   2015-05-10

        BEIJING, May 9 (Xinhua) -- As the world commemorates the 70th anniversary of World War Two (WWII), we should defend history, remember those that died, and safeguard world peace and international justice.

        On Saturday, at the grand military parade held at Red Square, to mark the victory of the Great Patriotic War, Russia's term for WWII, Russian President Vladimir Putin said every country should jointly contribute to international security.

        During a meeting with Putin on Friday, Chinese President Xi Jinping said commemorative events not only remembered history and paid tribute to those that fell, but would also usher in a bright future for peace and development.

        China will hold a military parade later this year.

        As the main battlefield in Asia in WWII, China held back Japanese troops, affecting Japan's military deployment to the Soviet Union and Europe.

        In tackling Japanese invaders for eight years, about 35 million Chinese soldiers and civilians died or were severely injured. Chinese contributions during WWII were not inferior to Soviet army in the Berlin battle or the U.S. army on the Pacific Ocean.

        The unification of people from more than 50 countries including China and Russia and all peace-loving people to form the Anti-Fascist and Anti-Militarism United Front, should be praised.

        In a "community of common destiny", a term championed by Xi as a new model of international relations, it is necessary for the world to remember history, learn from past tragedies, defend and gain power from victory and safeguard world peace.

        China marks Martyrs' Day on Sept. 30 every year to commemorate martyrs, and on Dec. 13 it is National Memorial Day for Nanjing Massacre Victims, as a reminder to stay in the face of conflict that may lead to war.

        As a growing power and the largest developing country, China is fully committed to a path of peaceful development and a stronger China will present development opportunities, rather than pose a threat.

        A community of common destiny, will foster new global economic cooperation opportunities, such as the China-led Belt and Road Initiative and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.

        After the Nepal earthquake, China pledged humanitarian aid worth more than 60 million yuan (9.8 million U.S dollars) to Nepal to help disaster relief.

        China is also the largest contributor of peacekeepers among the five permanent members of the UN Security Council.

        Peaceful world order needs care and effort from all countries and China will take the lead toward a peaceful future.

Editor:Dong Zhaohui
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