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America's contribution, sacrifice in China's anti-fascism war remembered

(Source: Xinhua)   2015-06-13


Vice Chairman of China's Central Military Commission Fan Changlong (C, front) meets with 91-year-old Flying Tiger's veteran J.V. Vinyard (L, front) in Washington D.C., the United States, June 12, 2015. China always remembers the contribution and sacrifice made to it by the United States and the American people during the World War II, said Fan Changlong here Friday. (Xinhua/Bao Dandan)
 

  WASHINGTON, June 12 -- China always remembers the contribution and sacrifice made to it by the United States and the American people during the World War II, said a leading Chinese military official here Friday.

  "We always remember the history and treasure the peace," said Fan Changlong, vice chairman of China's Central Military Commission, during a meeting with the Flying Tigers' veteran J.V. Vinyard, "In the difficult times of the war against Japanese aggressors, we received strong support from the United States and its people."

  This year marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. The Flying Tigers, officially known as the American Volunteer Group of the Chinese Air Force, were formed in 1941 and led by U.S. General Claire Lee Chennault to help China drive out invading Japanese troops.

  From 1942 to 1945, China and the United States jointly operated the Hump, or the "death route" over the Himalayan mountains, to transport military supplies from India to southwest China.

  Fan said the "Flying Tigers" air squadron and some American military generals are among the familiar names to the Chinese people. He also praised General Chennault's leadership in the war.

  Vinyard, 91, who used to fly over the Hump for more than 100 times, appreciated the Chinese government's remembrance of their efforts during the war. "I remember very vividly our days and I was very proud I was able to take part in the final victory," Vinyard said, "I further appreciate the fact that even today, the Chinese people remember us so well."

  Fan also met with Nell Calloway, the granddaughter of General Chennault, the son and daughter of Captain Paul C. Domke, who were among the U.S. Army Observation Group to Yan'an during the World War II.

  "We need to remember our history together, how we serve together and we fought together," said Calloway. "We need to use this background of working together like brothers to win a war to decide how we can work together in peace to change our further."


Vice Chairman of China's Central Military Commission Fan Changlong (R, center) meets with 91-year-old Flying Tiger's veteran J.V. Vinyard, grand-daughter of General Chennault Nell Calloway, the son and daughter of Captain Paul C. Domke John B. Domke and Paula D. Sterling, in Washington D.C., the United States, June 12, 2015. China always remembers the contribution and sacrifice made to it by the United States and the American people during the World War II, said Fan Changlong here Friday. (Xinhua/Bao Dandan)

Vice Chairman of China's Central Military Commission Fan Changlong (C) meets with Nell Calloway (L), grand-daughter of General Chennault, in Washington D.C., the United States, June 12, 2015. China always remembers the contribution and sacrifice made to it by the United States and the American people during the World War II, said Fan Changlong here Friday. (Xinhua/Bao Dandan)

  


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