PD Editorial: Remember history, open up future

15:51, September 03, 2010      

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Friday, September 3, 2010, is the 65th anniversary of China's victory in the fight against Japanese invasion and the victory against fascism worldwide. To mark this special occasion, the People's Daily, the leading and most influential national newspaper in China, front-pages an editorial, and its detailed extracts are as follows:

Friday is a commemorative day for the human justice to defeat the human evils, for brightness to defeat darkness, and the progress to defeat the reactionary anti-progress, and so, it is a special day for the whole Chinese nation to keep it in mind forever.

The Chinese People's War of Resistance against Japan was an important component and also the principal battlefield of the Orient in the world anti-fascist war. The great victory to determine the world's future 65 years ago was a crucial turning point for the Chinese nation to stand in the "family of nations" and head for its great rejuvenation. It was precisely based on the foundation of victory in the War of Resistance to Japan that the Communist Party of China (CPC) led the Chinese people to win the victory in the New Democratic Revolution, to establish the People's Republic of China and to accomplish the greatest and most profound social reform in Chinese history.

To remember this phase of history forever, we should turn the stirring and unyielding resistance endeavor into the nation's collective memory and draw the wisdom and enlightenment from it and obtain the strength of reality so as to open up the future.

The victory in the War of Resistance to Japan gives an eloquent proof that CPC is the force at the core that has saved the Chinese nation from subjugation and realized the nationwide liberation. The "September 18-1931 Incident" and the July 7 Incident of 1937 to mark the beginning of the War of Resistance to Japan, both provoked by Japanese intruding forces then, pushed China to the edge of its subjugation or genocide. At this critical moment of life and death, it was also the CPC that sounded the first clarion for resistance to Japanese intruders.

The victory in the Chinese People's War of Resistance to Japan showed in a focused way the great might of patriotism and national unity. This was the war of national liberation, which had a bearing on the life and death of the Chinese nation. Under the banner of the Anti-Japan National United Front initiated by CPC and with the Kuomintang-CPC cooperation as a solid grounding, all sons and daughters of the Chinese nation rose in a courageous, dauntless fight against Japanese invaders. It was precisely based on the united struggle that the war became the first national liberation war to win the complete victory in the modern times.

The victory in the War of Resistance to Japan demonstrates incisively that the unceasing efforts to become stronger constitute the basic guarantee for a nation to "stand on its own feet." War is a contest or "trial of strength", and the war between nations is the contest of the comprehensive national strength in early 20th century. Dr. Sun Yat-sen, forerunner of the Chinese Democratic Revolution, felt extremely bitter and painful from the accumulated deterioration from poverty and from his country being tramped upon, and raised the slogan of "invigorating the Chinese nation".

Japanese militarism was audacious then to launch the war of aggression against China, and the reason was simply that China was then split and war torn, corrupted politically and backward economically. The lessons China had learned from humiliation over a century and experiences the nation had gained in construction over the past six decades, both positive and negative, have fully proved that development is the fundamental way out to attain the national might and national rejuvenation.

The flames of World War II spread to more than 80 countries and regions 65 years ago, plunged 2 billion people into the brutal, ruthless war then and subjugated the human civilization to the scourge of war, and left the extremely tragic lessons to the later generations. During the 65 years since the end of the anti-fascist war, immense changes have occurred in human society and world situation, and it has become the common aspiration of people worldwide to seek peace, development and cooperation.

Ever since the beginning of modern times, people in China have fully endured sufferings from war scourges, and realize that it is their firm choice to evaluate precious peace and peaceful development and never to seek hegemony. "Past experience, if not forgotten, is a guide for the future," as a popular Chinese saying goes.

To date, the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation remains an unfinished mission. Facing up to the future, we will condense or pool together the entire nation maximally to form the tremendous strength to "strive constantly for self-improvement" and march ahead courageously, and hoist high the great banner of socialism with Chinese characteristics, and carry out in a deep-going way the outlook on scientific development, by keeping to taking the Deng Xiaoping Theory and the important thought of the "Three Represents" as the guidance, and we will definitely overcome all hidden risks and difficulties ahead, achieve the strategic task to build a better-off society in a comprehensive way and proceed to materialize the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.

By People's Daily Online

http://paper.people.com.cn/rmrb/html/2010-09/03/nw.D110000renmrb_20100903_4-01.htm

(Editor:张心意)

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