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Remember History and Cherish Peace, Xi Jinping Talks about the War of Resistance Against Japan
2019-09-03

[Preface] History is the best textbook and the best sobering agent. General Secretary Xi Jinping’s speeches have provided us with basic guidelines for studying the history of the War of Resistance Against Japan, correctly understanding yesterday, grasping today, and initiating tomorrow. On the occasion of the anniversary of the victory of the Chinese People’s War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression, Xinhua combs out Xi Jinping’s important expositions on the War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression in Learning Is Going on.

 

Remember the past and history.

 

The whole Party and the people of all ethnic groups in China should bear in mind the great history of the Chinese people’s War of Resistance Against Japan, bearing in mind the great contributions made by the Chinese people to safeguarding national independence and freedom and safeguarding the sovereignty and dignity of the motherland. We should bear in mind the great contributions made by the Chinese people to the victory of the world anti-fascist war, cherish peace, warn the future, unswervingly follow the path of peaceful development, unswervingly safeguard world peace, and unite as one to push forward socialism with Chinese characteristics.

 

— On July 7, 2015, during a visit to the exhibition on the theme of Great Victory Historical Contributions, Xi Jinping stressed that 

 

the Chinese People’s War of Resistance Against Japan and the World Anti-Fascist War are decisive battles of justice and evil, light and darkness, progress and reaction. The Chinese People’s War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression began the earliest and lasted the longest of the bitter wars. Facing the invaders, the sons and daughters of the Chinese nation fought relentlessly and bloodily, defeating the Japanese militarist invaders thoroughly, safeguarding the achievements of the Chinese nation’s more than 5,000-year-old civilization, safeguarding the cause of peace of mankind, and forging wonders and feats in the history of war.

 

— Speech at the General Assembly Commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the Victory of the Chinese People’s War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression and the World Anti-Fascist War, September 3, 2015

 

The enlightenment and lessons of history are the common spiritual wealth of mankind. Forgetting history means betrayal. The victory of the Chinese people’s War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression and the World Anti-Fascist War is beyond doubt, and the sacrifices made by tens of millions of people for independence, freedom and peace cannot be denied. All words and deeds that deny the nature of the war of aggression, all words and deeds that distort or even beautify the war of aggression, and all words and deeds that evade the historical responsibility of the war of aggression, in whatever form and no matter how high-sounding they may be, are deceiving themselves and others. “A just cause enjoys abundant support, while an unjust one finds little support.” Denying the history of aggression is a mockery of history, an insult to the conscience of mankind, and is bound to break faith with the people of the world.

 

— Speech at a reception marking the 70th anniversary of the victory of the Chinese People’s War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression and the World Anti-Fascist War on September 3, 2015

 

Let history speak with historical facts. 

 

Facts are facts and axioms are axioms. In the face of facts and axioms, all words and deeds that are utterly false and call a deer a horse are in vain. Black is black, said ten thousand times can not become white; White is white, said ten thousand times can not become black. All reversal of black and white practices, in the end can only deceive themselves and others.

 

— Speech at the Forum Commemorating the 69th Anniversary of the Victory of the Chinese People’s War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression and the World Anti-Fascist War, September 3, 2014

 

We will carry out in-depth studies of the Chinese People’s War of Resistance against Japan, adhere to a correct view of history, strengthen plan and integration of forces, strengthen that collection and collation of historical data, strengthen propaganda by public opinion, let history speak, and use historical facts to speak, and focus on the great significance of the Chinese People’s War of Resistance Against Japan, the important position of the Chinese People’s War of Resistance Against Japan in the world anti-fascist war, and the mainstay role of the Chinese Communist Party as the key to the victory of the Chinese People’s War of Resistance Against Japan.

 

— Xi Jinping stressed at the 25th collective study of the Political Bureau of the 18th CPC Central Committee on July 30, 2015

 

In order to deepen the study of the War of Resistance Against Japan, it is necessary to speak more through archives, materials, facts, testimonies of the parties and other personal and material evidence. It is necessary to strengthen the basic work of collecting and sorting out data, comprehensively sorting out archives, photographs, materials, and objects of the War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression in all parts of China, and at the same time to collect image data, books, newspapers, journals, diaries, letters, and objects from all over the world. It is necessary to do a good job of collecting living data from the minds of those who have experienced the war, promptly organize and carry out on-the-spot investigation and search, and try to master first-hand materials.

 

— Xi stressed at the 25th  collective study of the Political Bureau of the 18th CPC Central Committee on July 30, 2015

 

Carry Forward the Spirit of Anti-Japanese War. 

 

Under the new historical conditions, the whole Party and the people of all ethnic groups throughout the country should vigorously carry forward the great spirit of the War of Resistance, constantly strengthen the spiritual ties of unity and unremitting self-improvement, continue to march courageously toward the Chinese dream of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation, and constantly comfort our predecessors and heroes with the new achievements in upholding and developing socialism with Chinese characteristics.

 

— Speech at the Ceremony Commemorating the Seventy-seventh Anniversary of the Outbreak of National Anti-Japanese War on July 7, 2014

 

In the magnificent process of the Chinese people’s War of Resistance Against Japan, a great spirit of resistance was formed, and the Chinese people demonstrated to the world their patriotic feelings of prosperity and death, their patriotism of responsibility, their national integrity of treating death as one’s own, their indomitable will to surrender, their heroism of unflinching violence and bloody battle to the end, and their indomitable and unyielding conviction of victory. The great spirit of the War of Resistance is the precious spiritual wealth of the Chinese people and will always be a powerful spiritual motive force to inspire the Chinese people to overcome all difficulties and difficulties and strive for the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.

 

— Speech at the Forum Commemorating the 69th Anniversary of the Victory of the Chinese People’s War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression and the World Anti-Fascist War, September 3, 2014

 

On the way forward, unde that leadership of the CPC, we should adhere to the guidance of Marxism-Leninism, Mao Zedong Thought, Deng Xiaoping Theory, the important thought of the “Three Represents” and the Scientific Outlook on Development. Along the road of socialism with Chinese characteristics, in accordance with the “Four-all” strategic layout, carry forward the great spirit of patriotism, carry forward the great spirit of the War of Resistance, unite as one, and continue to forge ahead courageously towards our set goals!

 

— Speech at the General Assembly Commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the Victory of the Chinese People’s War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression and the World Anti-Fascist War, September 3, 2015

 

Cherish peace and look to the future. 

 

We hold a public memorial service for the victims of the Nanjing Massacre to arouse the yearning and adherence of every kind-hearted person to peace, not to perpetuate hatred. The Chinese and Japanese peoples should maintain friendship from generation to generation, learn from history, look to the future, and make joint contributions to the peace of mankind.

 

— Speech at the National Memorial Ceremony for Victims of Nanjing Massacre, December 13, 2014

 

At this juncture, the Chinese people also solemnly declare to the international community that China today is a resolute advocate and strong defender of world peace. The Chinese people will unswervingly uphold the lofty cause of peace and development of mankind, and be willing to sincerely unite with the people of other countries and work together to build a world of lasting peace and common prosperity.

 

— Speech at the National Memorial Ceremony for Victims of Nanjing Massacre, December 13, 2014

 

War is a mirror that allows people to better understand the value of peace. Today, peace and development have become the theme of the times, but the world is still far from tranquil, and the sword of Damocles of war still hangs over the heads of mankind. We should draw lessons from history and firmly resolve to maintain peace.

 

— Speech at the General Assembly Commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the Victory of the Chinese People’s War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression and the World Anti-Fascist War, September 3, 2015