Xi's Views on History and Peace on National Memorial Day

December 13, 2017
Editor: Yang Yang
Xi's Views on History and Peace on National Memorial Day
President Xi Jinping attends a memorial ceremony at the Nanjing Massacre Museum in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, December 13, 2014. [Xinhua]


As China marks its fourth National Memorial Day for Nanjing Massacre Victims Wednesday, let's take a look at President Xi Jinping's statements on history and peace.

1. Nanjing Massacre

"Anyone who tries to deny the massacre will not be forgiven by history, the souls of the 300,000 deceased victims, the 1.3 billion Chinese people, and all people who love peace and justice in the world."

"Only if everyone cherishes and safeguards peace, and only if everyone remembers the bitter lessons of war, can there be hope for peace."

---- Xi says on the first National Memorial Day for Nanjing Massacre Victims in Nanjing, Dec 13, 2014

2. Historical truth

"History is history and facts are facts. Nobody can change history and facts. Anyone who intends to deny, distort or beautify history will not find agreement with Chinese people and people of all other countries."

---- Xi says at Museum of the War of the Chinese People's Resistance Against Japanese Aggression in Beijing, July 7, 2014

"To forget the past means to betray ... The two peoples of China and Russia will stand together with all peace-loving nations and people firmly against any attempt or action to deny, distort or tamper with WWII history."

---- Xi writes in a signed article carried by Russian Gazette, May 7, 2015

"The great contributions made by the Chinese people to the World anti-Fascist war should be remembered ... We must cherish peace while being cautious of the future."

---- Xi says during a visit to an exhibition commemorating the 70th anniversary of the victory of the Chinese People's War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression in Beijing, July 7, 2015

3. Hegemony

"China does not accept the logic that a strong country is bound to become hegemonic, and neither hegemony nor militarism is in the Chinese DNA."

---- Xi says at meeting to mark the 60th anniversary of the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence in Beijing, June 28, 2014

“No matter how much stronger it may become, China will never seek hegemony, China will never seek to expand and will never inflict the tragedies it suffered in the past upon others.”

---- Xi speaks at China's V-Day parade celebrating the victory in World War II, Sept. 3, 2015

"China will continue to participate in building world peace. We are committed to peaceful development. No matter how the international landscape may evolve and how strong we may become, China will never pursue hegemony or expansion, or seek to create spheres of influence."

---- Xi speaks at the General Debate of the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly, Sept. 28, 2015

4. Peace

"The Chinese people treasure peace and we absolutely do not engage in invasion and expansion. However, we have the confidence to defeat all forms of invasion."

---- Xi says at a grand event at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on August 1, 2017

“As a permanent member of the UN Security Council, China has taken part in peacekeeping operations for 25 years. We are a principal contributor of troops and funds to these operations.”

---- Xi speaks at UN Peacekeeping Summit in New York, Sept. 28, 2015

(Source: China Daily)

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