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Chinese Consulate General in Los Angeles and the City of Los Angeles Jointly Hosts a Photo Exhibition in Commemoration of China-US Friendship and Cooperation during WWII

On September 1st, a photo exhibition in commemoration of China-US Friendship and Cooperation during World War II, co-hosted by the Chinese Consulate General in Los Angeles and the City of Los Angeles, was held at the City Hall. Consul General Liu Jian and Mrs. Liu, Executive Vice Mayor Rick Jacobs, Vice Mayor Jeff Gorell, City Councilman David Ryu, officials of the municipal government and around 100 representatives of different circles including the local Chinese community attended the exhibition and the following reception.

Below is a full version of Consul General Liu Jian's remarks at the exhibition:

Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen,

Welcome to the reception and the Photo Exhibition in commemoration of China-US Friendship and Cooperation during World War II, co-hosted by the City of Los Angeles and the Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in Los Angeles.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the victory of the Anti-Japanese War of the Chinese People and the World Anti-Fascist War. There have been sizable number of various commemorative in various events around the globe over the past few months. The day after tomorrow, China is going to hold a series of activities including military parade on September the 3rd. All of this is aimed at memorizing the history, paying tribute to the fallen, cherishing peace and creating a bright future among the people all over the world.

The Anti-Japanese War of the Chinese People was a major integral part of the World Anti-Fascist War, whose main oriental battlefield was in China. Hence the Chinese people made an indelible and historical contribution to the eventual defeat of the reactionary Fascist forces by the human society. The efforts of the Chinese people won widespread sympathy and support from the peace-loving people around the world, including the United States. The soldiers and civilians of our two countries fought shoulder to shoulder against all odds and knitted a solid bond of friendship during the war, in which numerous dedicated young men and women of Los Angeles also participated. Mr. George L. Kocourek, Photographer of the US Army Signal Corp. and Ms. Dorothy Wilson, Member of the American Red Cross, who are on exhibition in the photos are two of them.

The precious old photos on exhibition today bring us vivid memories of the war and render us a direct knowledge and perception of the glorious history and global significance of China-US cooperation. In memory of the men and women who sacrificed their lives for peace and justice, the photos call upon us not only to stand vigil for peace and defend the victorious achievements of WWII and the post-war international order but also to pass on the legacy in prospect of the future by building upon what we have achieved in China-US cooperation with positive attitude and tangible actions.

70 years ago, China and US were both solidary Allies who ultimately won WWII and founding members of the United Nations. Today, China and US are working together towards building a new model of major-country relationship. In another 20 days, Chinese President Xi Jinping is to pay his first state visit to the United States at the invitation of President Obama, which will open a new chapter and serve as another milestone in China-US relations.

In a fortnight, Los Angeles is to host the first China-US Climate Change City Summit, which will go a long way in substantiating the new model of relationship between our two great countries. I sincerely wish the summit a great success!

Thank you and please enjoy the exhibition.

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