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Statement by Ambassador Li Baodong at the General Assembly Special Solem Meeting in Commemoration of the Sixty-fifth Anniversary of the End of the Second World War

2010/05/06
 
 
(Photograph by Shen Hong/Xinhua News Agency) 
Mr. President,

The Chinese delegation welcomes the convening of this special solemn meeting by the General Assembly in commemoration of the 65th anniversary of the end of the Second World War and the great victory of the world anti-fascist war. Numerous brave people gave their precious lives for the victory of that unprecedentedly tragic war. We deeply mourn for and pay high tribute to those who sacrificed their lives for the war and extend our deepest condolences to all the innocent victims.

Mr. President,

The world anti-fascist war, a war of unseen magnitude, involved more than 80 countries and regions and about two billion people in Asia, Europe, Africa, and Oceania. The fascist invaders wreaked tremendous havoc on the world, and inflicted untold devastation on human civilization. China was one of the main battlefields of the world anti-fascist war. The war caused over 35 million military and civilian casualties in China, ravaged the Chinese civilization, and incurred heavy losses to the Chinese nation. In the face of the war, more than 50 countries, China included, worked together to form a world anti-fascist united front. They supported each other, fought heroically against fascist invaders and won the war of justice.China will never forget the sympathy and support given by all the peace-loving countries and people during the war; China will never forget the Soviet Union Red Army, members of the American Flying Tigers, and medical personnel from Canada, India and other countries who fought shoulder to shoulder with the Chinese people and made heroic sacrifices in the Chinese battlefields.

Mr. President,

The victory of the world anti-fascist war marked a great triumph of justice over evil; light over darkness, and progressiveness over reactionary forces. It saved human civilization. History is a textbook. In retrospect, we should never forget the huge suffering inflicted by the barbaric and bloody war upon mankind. We should cherish peace and reconciliation more dearly, and take concrete action to maintain international peace and security. Sixty-five years have passed since the end of the Second World War, but the ghost of Nazism and militarism lingers. The international community must remain vigilant. Past experience, if not forgotten, is a guide for the future.Only by drawing lessons from the past can we avoid the recurrence of historical tragedies and save the future generations from the scourge of war.

Mr. President,

The victory of the world anti-fascist war prompted the founding of the United Nations and the formulation of the UN Charter and other basic norms governing international relations. Over the past 65 years, the United Nations has contributed significantly to international peace, common development and protection of human rights.The past 65 years have also witnessed sea changes in the world. In the face of various global threats and challenges, the United Nations has a more important role to play. We, should continue to firmly uphold the purposes and principles of the UN Charter, maintain the authority and role of the United Nations and its Security Council,and strive for a brighter future for the entire humanity.

Thank you, Mr. President.

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