• Far Eastern Affairs
  • 2005-09-30FEA-No. 003
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ON THE 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE VICTORY OF THE GREAT PATRIOTIC WAR 1941 - 1945

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Russia celebrated the sixtieth anniversary of the Great Patriotic War 1941 - 1945 with much pomp and ado. And it was also an extremely auspicious occasion in the People's Republic of China.

On 28 April, 2005, an exhibition of photographs devoted to the 60th anniversary of the Victory was ceremoniously opened at China's Military Museum in Beijing. On 29 April, a ceremony was held at the Russian Federation Embassy in the PRC to award 27 Chinese veterans, who fought alongside the Soviet people, with anniversary medals bearing the inscription "60 Years of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War of 1941 - 1945." On 5 May, a ceremonial meeting was held in the town of Chengde in the Hebei Province in memory of the Soviet heroes who fell while liberating China from the Japanese aggressors. The participants in the meeting, among whom were representatives from the PRC, Russia, and Belarus, placed wreaths at the memorial to forty-four fallen Soviet heroes.

It is a well-known fact that as early as the beginning of the Chinese people's resistance struggle against Japanese aggression during 1937 - 1941, 3,665 Soviet volunteers, 211 of whom were killed, fought on China's side. And in August 1945, when the Soviet Union entered the northeast provinces of China with the aim of smashing Japanese militarism once and for all, more than 12,000 Soviet soldiers were killed during the fighting against the Japanese troops.

On 6 May, a ceremonial reception was held in the Russian Embassy in China devoted to the 60th Anniversary of the Great Victory, in which 300 Chinese and foreign guests participated.

On 8 May, PRC Chairman Hu Jintao arrived in Moscow on Russian President Vladimir Putin's invitation to participate in the celebrations to mark the 60th Anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War of 1941 - 1945. On the same day, the Chinese leader met with Russian front-line veterans and their relatives.

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