China commemorates 60th anniversary of participation in Korean War

08:04, October 26, 2010      

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Chinese President Hu Jintao (3rd R, front), also chairman of the Central Military Commission, and Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping (2nd R, front) meets with representatives of Chinese People's Volunteers (CPV) veterans and old comrades who have devoted to the entry of the Chinese People's Volunteers into the Korean front prior to a symposium that commemorate the 60th anniversary of the entry of the CPV into the Korean front in Beijing, capital of China, Oct. 25, 2010. (Xinhua/Rao Aimin)

Chinese President Hu Jintao and Vice President Xi Jinping on Monday met with veterans and heroes of the Chinese People's Volunteers (CPV) to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the volunteer army entering the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to help in the war to resist U.S. aggression.

Hu is commander-in-chief of China's armed forces, while Xi has been newly appointed vice chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC) of the Communist Party of China.

In his address on behalf of the CPC Central Committee and the CMC, Xi said that the Chinese movement 60 years ago was "a great and just war for safeguarding peace and resisting aggression."

"It was also a great victory gained by the united combat forces of China's and the DPRK's civilians and soldiers, and a great victory in the pursuit of world peace and human progress," Xi said.

Xi said the Chinese people would never forget the great contribution and sacrifice made by the nation's founders and, in particular, the people who made history during a war that saw the weak defeating the strong.

The Chinese people will never forget the friendship -- established in battle -- with the DPRK's people and army, he said. Xi also acknowledged the former Soviet Union's government and people who provided help to the volunteer army.

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