OPINION / VIEWPOINT
Questioning Chinese soldiers' sacrifice in Korean War is blasphemous toward history, will only be spurned by public
Published: Oct 08, 2021 12:08 PM
Photo: VCG

Photo: VCG


War-epic film The Battle at Lake Changjin has aroused more public attention on the War to Resist US Aggression and Aid Korea and the Lake Changjin battle. A few Chinese people promoted the US perspective, however, using so-called "objectivity" to counter the mainstream memory and values of Chinese society about the war. They attempted to mislead views about a Chinese company in which soldiers were frozen into "ice sculptures." Such a practice is nothing but a kind of spiritual betrayal, and it is really disgusting.  

Everyone knows that the War to Resist US Aggression and Aid Korea was an arduous struggle. The Chinese People's Volunteers (CPV) army won the final victory with more causalities than the US military. Especially in the early days of the war, the CPV fought the war with weapons and equipment that were much inferior to those of the US army. It was their strong loyalty to the motherland that supported those admirable Chinese soldiers. Casualties of the CPV are overt, so are the casualties of Chinese soldiers in the battle at the Changjin Lake. Do we still need someone to teach us how we achieved the result of the US' final compromise?  

China in the 1950s could only resort to bloodshed and sacrifice to combat US arrogance. The death of every young CPV soldier meant the pain of a family. It's a blasphemy on the soldiers' sacrifices and an insult to the People's Republic of China to turn this pain against China's victory and dignity and use it to deny China's history as well as the sacred significance of the CPV army's sacrifices. This has completely gone beyond discussion about a historical event and become a provocation. It's inevitable that such provocateurs will be spurned by the public. In any society, such profanity will drown in the spit of the public.  

It must be pointed out that blaspheming against the "Ice Sculptures" company and trying to provoke so-called reflections on the value of their sacrifices has nothing to do with an "anti-war" complex. Anti-war forces in some Western countries mainly target wartime policy choices and the public shows absolute respect to heroes who sacrificed their lives for victory. Does anyone in the US dare desecrate American soldiers who died in the Normandy Landings? Being "socially dead" will be the lightest price they will pay. 

I hope Chinese public opinion is diversified. It is completely normal that people hold different opinions over whether the film The Battle at Lake Changjin is successful or not. Meanwhile, I saw many people show extra support to and favor the film because of their respect for CPV heroes. This is also very common. The movie's box office surpassed 3 billion yuan in seven days, which shows the public's positive attitude toward it. Some individuals may feel discontent with the artistic level of the film, but if they stand on the opposite side of the spirit of the War to Resist US Aggression and Aid Korea, they will find themselves in only the quirky minority of society. Their showing-off is a pathological inversion of the concept of honor and disgrace.  

The author is editor-in-chief of the Global Times. opinion@globaltimes.com.cn 


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