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Remembering the Historic Friendship during WWII & Exploring the Future of China-US Cooperation
Op-Ed by Consul General Liu Jian published in the China Press(US) on August 4th, 2015
2015/09/01

On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of victory in World War II, Consul General Liu Jian published an op-ed in the China Press(US) newspaper and website on August 4th. Below is a full version of the article:

2016 is a year with extraordinary significance. It is the 70th anniversary of both the establishment of the United Nations and victory in World War II. Having attended several recent commemoration events in this regard, I can keenly feel how local people cherish peace, and I'm deeply touched by the war-born friendship between the Chinese and American peoples as well as the tremendous momentum generated by that friendship driving China-US relations ahead.

More than 70 years ago, people around the world fought against all odds to break the vicious fascist and militarist forces and achieved grand victory in World War II. After the war, in an effort to eliminate the scourge of war and to maintain lasting peace, China and the United States, along with the some 50 countries including United Kingdom, the Soviet Union and France, founded the United Nations by drafting and signing the UN Charter,  established the current international order and system centering on this intergovernmental organization and based on the purposes and principles of its charter, and thus started a new chapter of solidarity and progress in human history.


As the major Oriental battlefield of World War II, the warfare in China broke out the earliest and lasted the longest. Millions of Chinese people fought with great sacrifice and won the national liberation, which proved a strong strategic support to the Allies' war efforts in Europe and Pacific and made an indelible and historical contribution toward the eventual victory of World War II.

In the course of the struggle against aggression to uphold justice, the Chinese people received considerable aid from the peace-loving people around the world including the American people. I once paid a visit to the Justice and Peace Exhibition of Out-sized Pictures of World War II, jointly organized by the Nixon Library and the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC), in which photos taken by the US military during that period depicting China-US cooperation brought us vividly to the scene. Especially, the Chinese and American forces fought shoulder to shoulder in the China-Burma-India Theater (CBI), where squadrons of vigorous young American pilots illustrated admirable bravery in the aerial combat and the dangerous Hump Operations. They, together with the unswerving Chinese people, forged a formidable defensive wall with their flesh and blood against the Japanese invasion. Many of them sacrificed their lives, some of whose remains might never return to their homeland, but their heroic deeds will be remembered by the Chinese people for ever. Several of those veterans are still with us here in Southern California, to whom I'd like to take this opportunity to pay a high tribute.

Times flies. But the friendship between China and the United States did not fade along the passing of 70 years. Today, China-US relationship is currently at a crucial time when we must build on past achievements and set the course for future development. The time-honored friendship between our two peoples serves right as the cornerstone of our efforts today to build a new model of major-country relations between China and the United States. In the past 36 years since the establishment of our diplomatic relations, we have seen an ever-deepening merging of interest of China and the United States, and our bilateral relations have grown into the most important and dynamic in the world today, with increasing strategic significance and global influence. Today's world is generally stable but by no means peaceful and tranquil. The responsibility of maintaining world peace lies in each and every country, especially China and the United States. As the world's largest developing and developed country respectively, China and the United States, through our sound cooperation, can become the ballast stone and propeller of world peace and stability.

Nowadays, China and the United States are keeping in close communication and coordination on a variety of issues concerning peace and development of the mankind. The two sides are working towards even more extensive and effective cooperation in the areas of anti-terrorism, climate change, anti-proliferation of WMDs, dealing with regional hotspots, fighting transnational crime and epidemic control, etc.. They are pressing ahead global economic governance with the other members concerned in the framework of G20 and APEC. The recently-concluded 7th China-US Strategic and Economic Dialogue and the 6th China-US High-Level Consultation on People-to-People Exchanges yielded substantial results. Chinese President Xi Jinping is paying a state visit to the United States this September, which will surely provide guidance and new momentum to the development of the China-US relations.

As an old Chinese saying goes, amity between people holds the key to sound relations between states, so the friendship between the Chinese and American peoples is always the solid foundation of the development of our bilateral relations. During my tenure in the United State, 2 years so far, I've felt the width and depth of the people-to-people exchanges between our two countries through contacts with a large variety of circles of people from my consular district. I share the following understanding with many American friends: despite twists and turns in the China-US relations, the people-to-people exchanges between the two countries keep moving forward, which in turn form forceful dynamics of the development of China-US relations. As Chinese Consul General in Los Angeles, I will continue doing my best to promote cooperation between China and my consular district, especially to advocate for more active people-to-peole exchanges and deeper understanding between our two peoples, and to consolidate the grassroot foundation of a new model of major-country relations between China and the United States.

The smoke and fire of war has become memories of yesterday. The purpose of our grand commemoration of the 70th anniversary of victory in World War II does not lie in arousing hatred and not merely in reminding people of the victorious joy, but is to bear in mind the lessons of history and defend the achievements of China, the U.S. and our allies. In a broader sense, the commemoration calls on us to make the future a more peaceful and harmonious world, as the best way of remembering the brave men and women who sacrificed for world peace.

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