China commemorates 60th anniversary of participation in Korean War (2)

08:06, October 26, 2010      

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Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping (5th L Back), who is also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission, delivers a speech at a symposium commemorating the 60th anniversary of the entry of the Chinese People's Volunteers (CPV) into the Korean War, in Beijing, capital of China, Oct. 25, 2010. (Xinhua/Li Gang)

Chinese ground forces, under the CPV, entered the Korean Peninsula on Oct. 19, 1950, to defend their own territory and to help the Korean People's Army (KPA) against Syngman Rhee's troops and multinational forces assembled in the name of the United Nations.

The CPV launched its first battle on Oct. 25 against a battalion of Syngman Rhee's troops. In 1951, the CPC Central Committee decided to commemorate the war every year on that date.

Xi said being peace-loving is a tradition of the Chinese nation and its participation in the war 60 years ago was a historical decision made by the CPC Central Committee and the late Chairman Mao Zedong based on serious national security threats and a request from the DPRK's Korean Workers' Party and government.

The heroism and international spirit demonstrated by the CPV in the nearly three-year battle as they fought side-by-side with the DPRK army and people will forever be treasured by the Chinese people, Xi said.

CMC vice chairman Xu Caihou and other CMC members also attended the symposium. CMC vice chairman Guo Boxiong, leading a senior military delegation, was visiting the DPRK on Monday for the commemoration.

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