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UPDATED: 17:07, August 29, 2005
Overseas Chinese joining in anti-Japanese war remembered
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Eighty-seven-year-old Wang Yaliu, president of the Southeast Asia Machinists Association, today still remembers the moving scene of overseas Chinese's assistance to the anti-Japanese war: A Chinese laborer toiling at a port put his 0.2 yuan originally for lunch into overseas Chinese students' money-collecting box, and continued working despite hungry.

Patriotic overseas Chinese from businessmen to poverty-stricken civilians all generously contributed money, put on performances and sold goods for charity, giving energetic support to the motherland's war of resistance against Japanese aggression.

"As long as the crisis of national subjugation is not relieved, the national salvation movement will not be called off." During the war of resistance against Japanese aggression, the masses of overseas Chinese cherished the determination that "as long as national disaster is not removed, the nationals will not shirk their major responsibilities; as long as gunfire at the front is not ceased, urgent rear needs will not be suspended.

They contributed airplanes, tanks, automobiles, clothes, medicines and a large batch of other war needs. At the same time, tens of thousands of overseas Chinese, defying hardships and dangers, returned home to join in the war, returned overseas Chinese pilots became the main part of China's air force, thousands of young overseas Chinese laid down their lives for their motherland.

What was the feeling that affected the hearts of 8 million overseas Chinese? What kind of strength that brought them together with people of the motherland in resisting Japanese aggressors and fighting to the finish?

The chivalrous deeds of the overseas Chinese involved in the anti-Japanese war originated from their deep love for the motherland. When Japanese aggressors ravaged our lands and killed our compatriots, overseas Chinese had common hatred for the enemy and fought together hand in hand and shoulder to shoulder with compatriots at home.

After "the September 18" incident in 1931, the momentous anti-Japanese and national salvation movement swept the overseas Chinese society, this movement was unprecedented in the history of overseas Chinese in terms of its scale, scope, number of people, the length of time, the magnitude of its strength and the tremendousness of its influence. "The Chinese nation is not to be bullied and pledges not to be slaves of a foreign power." That is the common aspiration of Chinese sons and daughters. Their enthusiasm for safeguarding state independence and national liberation was like the force of thunderbolt, reverberating through the skies.

Chen Jiageng (Ctan Kah-kee), praised as "the banner of overseas Chinese and the glory of the nation" by Mao Zedong, exerted his utmost for national liberation and suffered immense hardships for the united struggle against Japanese aggression. He denounced traitors and advocated war of resistance, he mobilized overseas Chinese to contribute money and materials; in the face of the search and arrest by Japanese aggressors and gendarmes, he carried with him poison, ready to sacrifice himself for justice at anytime.

Returned overseas Chinese Li Lin from Indonesia "was willing to go on an expedition and stain her clothes with blood, and swore not to stop until Japanese aggressors are put down", thus becoming double-gun woman general galloping inside and outside the Great Wall.

When they were most needed in the motherland, large batches of overseas Chinese returned to the war-ridden motherland, some of them were engaged in life-and-death struggle against Japanese aggressors in the battlefield, some were engaged in rush transport of war materials, running along the rugged Yunnan-Myanmar highway, and others were participating in battleground service groups and set up overseas Chinese first-aid teams...

Such a sense of responsibility, which features that all men share a common responsibility for the fate of their country, what a great national integrity!

The magnanimous act of the overseas Chinese engaged in the war of resistance demonstrated the strong cohesion and determination of the Chinese nation to defend world peace.

Under the banner of fighting Japanese aggressors to save the country, there were over 900 overseas Chinese national salvation groups specially engaged in anti-Japanese work and scattered across the five continents. The "non-cooperation movement" and the act of boycotting Japanese goods launched by the broad masses of overseas compatriots economically dealt a heavy bow to Japanese invaders. After the outbreak of the Pacific war, overseas Chinese in Malaysia, the Philippines and other places organized anti-Japanese armed forces and rose in defense of the countries where they resided.

The vast numbers of overseas Chinese had made outstanding contributions to victory in the world anti-fascist war and had rendered indelible historical meritorious services.

Overseas Chinese compatriots exerted their utmost to aid the motherland, resisting the Japanese invaders with their flesh and blood, what a lofty overall national interest and patriotic spirit! Their deep kindred feelings and their sentiment of one blood moved the heaven and shook the earth; their heroic move of pledging to fight Japanese aggressors with one heart and one mind was most touching; they treated people on the Chinese mainland with all sincerity, and their spirit of fighting to the finish for national liberation will be remembered forever in the annals of history.

Carried on the front page of People's Daily Overseas Edition August 29, this article by Tang Song, editor of this newspaper, is translated by People's Daily Online

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