China's WWII victory commemoration shows wish for upholding world peace: Cambodian politicians

Source:Xinhua Published: 2015-9-5 9:47:50

China's commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II has truly reflected the country's commitment to upholding world peace and preventing the repeat of such a historical tragedy, Cambodian politicians said Friday.

In his speech at the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the victory of the Chinese People's War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression and the World Anti-Fascist War on Thursday, Chinese President Xi Jinping said China would remain committed to peaceful development and announced to cut 300,000 troops from the country's military. "The cut in troops clearly shows China's wish to uphold peace and sends a key message to the world that China's military strength will pose no threat to the rest of the world," Lawmaker Sok Eysan, a spokesman for the ruling Cambodian People's Party, told Xinhua.

Ravaging through Asia, Europe, Africa and Oceania, WWII(1939- 1945) inflicted more than 100 million military and civilian casualties. China suffered more than 35 million casualties.

"From my point of view, China made huge contributions to the end of WWII, the sacrifice of millions of lives for the cause of world peace deserves admiration," he said.

The political leader said commemorating the end of WWII would encourage new generations to cherish peace and learn from the past mistakes so as to prevent the repeat of a war of such mass- destruction in the future.

Nhek Bun Chhay, 2nd vice-president of the royalist Funcinpec Party, said China played a very important role in putting out the flames of WWII's fire and the sacrifices of China and its people deserved broader recognition.

"The commemoration is vital to tell the true tragic history to new generations and to encourage them to love peace," he said.

Bun Chhay also said China's V-Day commemoration illustrated China's willingness to continue its peaceful development and to maintain regional and global peace and stability.

National Defense Ministry spokesman Gen. Chhum Socheat said China's contributions to the end of WWII were noble and admirable.

"Commemorating the end of WWII is a wake-up call for countries to avoid wars, which bring no solutions to any problems, but endless miseries to human beings and countries," he said.

Commenting on the participation of Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni and a group of Cambodian troops in the commemoration in Beijing on Thursday, the spokesman said the monarch's presence would further strengthen friendly relations between the two countries, while the troops' participation was to honor Chinese martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the cause of world peace.

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