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Xi Jinping (pictured right, meeting the Patriarch Kirill) penned an op-ed in a Russian newspaper on May 6th in which, in stark contrast to the typical Western bile and hostility, he acknowledges the role of the Soviet Union in defeating Nazism and warns off against attempts to revise that outcome, be it on paper or in real life.

I am translating it in full for two reasons.

First, it constitutes a first-hand glance at official relations between China and Russia, which – much to the consternation of neocons, Russophobes, Sinophobes, and Western imperialists – are instead of fighting each other for make benefit of the US are instead building strong relations and continuing to ink dozens of deals whose total value now probably stands at close to a trillion dollars.

Second, to explicitly give the lie to Western propaganda that Russia is somehow “isolated” by the fact that none of Washington’s European stooges turned up at the Victory Day parade in Moscow this May 9th. Who cares? Not many Russians, at any rate. China, India, and dozens of other countries did turn up. That’s the world’s second superpower and the representatives of half of humanity. As for Obama, Merkel, Hollande, and Dave – quite frankly, the air is cleaner for their absence.

*Soundtrack – Russians and Chinese are Brothers Forever*

To Remember History, To Open the Future

by Xi Jinping

On May 9th, Victory Day in the world war against fascism, at the invitation of Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, I will visit Russia and take part in the celebrations in Moscow devoted to the 70th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War. This sacred day I will celebrate together with the Russian people and the entire world.

Everyone remembers that the aggressive wars begun by the fascists and militarists inflicted unprecedented damage and suffering on the peoples of China, Russia, and the countries of Europe, Asia, and other parts of the world. The relentless struggle between justice and evil, light and darkness, freedom and slavery, was joined by the peoples of China, Russia, and more than 50 other countries, as well as by all the other peace-loving peoples of the world, who stood up as one and formed a broad international anti-fascist and anti-militarist front. All these nations fought in bloody battles against the enemy, and in so doing defeated the most evil and brutal aggressors, bringing peace to the world.

I remember, in March 2013, when I first visited Russia on a state visit, I laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier near the Kremlin walls. There was a depiction of a soldier’s helmet and a red banner on the tomb, and there burned an eternal fire, symbolizing the unbroken life and unwavering fearlessness of our fallen heroes. “Your name is unknown, your deeds are immortal.” They will never be forgotten by the Russian people, the Chinese people, or anyone else.

China was the main theater of military operations in Asia during the Second World War. The Chinese people stood up before anyone else in the struggle against the Japanese militarists, waged the longest war, fought in the hardest conditions, and, like Russia, suffered the most enormous losses. The Chinese army and people fought stoically and persistently, locking down and destroying numerous contingents of the Japanese aggressors. At the cost of a huge national sacrifice – the lives of more than 35 million people – a great victory was finally won and an enormous contribution was made to victory in the world struggle against fascism. The exploits of the Chinese people in the war against the militarists, just like the exploits of the Russian people, will be immortalized forever in history and will never die.

The Chinese and Russian peoples supported each other, helped each other, they were comrades in arms in the war against fascism and militarism, and built a friendship with each other forged with blood and life. In the most difficult times of the Great Patriotic War, many of the best sons and daughters of the Chinese people decisively joined in the battle against German fascism. Mao Anying – the eldest son of Chairman Mao Zedong – fought on many battles as a political officer of a tank company of the 1st Belorussian Front, up to the storming of Berlin. The Chinese fighter pilot Tang Duo, as deputy commander of a fighter company of the Soviet Army, distinguished himself in air battles against the fascist forces. Children of the leaders of the Chinese Communist Party and descendants of the fallen heroes of the Chinese Revolution, when studying at the Ivanovo international boarding school, despite that they were still only children, nonetheless went off to dig trenches, prepared Molotov cocktails, prepared food and clothes for the fighters, chopped trees, dug out potatoes, and looked after the wounded in hospitals. Apart from that, many of them regularly donated blood – 430 millilitres once per month for the soldiers at the front. The Chinese female journalist Hu Jibang, small and weak, underwent the entire war from the first day to the last, through bullets and fire, writing about the resilience and courage of the Soviet people, the barbarous cruelty of the fascist hordes, and the joy of the Russian soldiers and people in their times of triumph. It emboldened the armies and peoples of both countries, raising their will to fight to the end, to the final victory. Alongside the above heroes there are many other representatives of the Chinese people who contributed to the Great Patriotic War while remaining unknown soldiers.

The Russian people gave the Chinese people valuable political and moral support in their war against Japanese invaders. This included large convoys of arms and war material. More than 2,000 Soviet fighter pilots joined the Chinese air force and helped in the air battles over China. More than 200 of them died in battles over Chinese soil. In the closing phase of the war, Red Army soldiers of the Soviet Union were sent to north-east China. Together with the Chinese army and people they fought against the Japanese militarists, which helped China tremendously in achieving final victory. The Chinese people will always remember the Russians, both soldiers and civilians, who gave their lives for the independence and liberation of the Chinese nation.

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The famous Russian historian Vasily Klyuchevsky said, that, having forgotten history, our soul can get lost in the darkness. To forget history is to commit treason. The Chinese and Russian peoples stand ready, together with all peace-loving countries and peoples, and with the automost determination and decisiveness, to oppose any actions or attempts to deny, distort, and rewrite the history of the Second World War.

This year, China and Russia will hold a series of events to mark the 70th anniversary of Victory in the Second World War. There will also be many other events conducted by the UN and other international and regional organizations. The purpose of these events and celebrations is to demonstrate our determination to defend the results of the Second World War, to protect international equality and justice, and to remind out contemporaries that it is necessary to preserve and guard the peace that was won for humanity at too high a price.

The hard lessons of the Second World War tell people, that humanity’s coexistence is not subject to the laws of the jungle; that world politics is diametrically contradictory to belligerent and hegemonic power politics; and that the path of human development is not founded on the principle of “winner takes all” or in games with zero-sum outcomes. Peace – yes, war – no, cooperation – yes, confrontation – no, mutual gains are honored, while zero-sum results – are not: This is what constitutes the unchanging core and essence of peace, progress, and the development of human society.

Today, mankind has unprecedentedly good opportunities for the realization of our goal – peace, development, and the formation of a system of international relations that is ever more strongly based on the spirit of cooperation and mutual benefits. “Unity – is strength, while self-isolation – is weakness.” Cooperation and the win-win principle should be adopted as the basic orientation of all countries in international affairs. We have to unite our own interests with the common interests of all countries, find and expand on the common points of interests of different parties, develop and establish a new conception of multilateral win-win, to always be ready to extend a helping hand to each other at difficult times, to partake together of rights, interests, and responsibilities, and to collectively collaborate to solve growing global problems such as climate change, energy security, cybersecurity, national disasters, and so on. In short, we are in it together on our planet Earth – the homeland of all humanity.

The Chinese people and the Russian people – they are both great peoples. In the years of grief and misery, our indestructible camaraderie was cemented in place with blood. Today the peoples of China and Russian will hand in hand and shoulder to shoulder defend peace, promote development, and make their contributions to lasting world peace and human progress.

 
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  1. Great op-ed!

    Thank God for Putin and Xi.

    Obomber, Camoron, Murky, Harpoon..the very thought of these venal, low -grade psychopaths, and the rapacious Zionist Banksters/Anglo-American-Euro corpredators they serve are enough to induce a fit of frenzied, knife-wielding self-harm..

    Thanks for the translation – great job.

    Americans – read it and weep.

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  2. J Yan says:

    world politics is diametrically contradictory to belligerent and hegemonic power politics

    Xi gets it. The concluding paragraphs are a thinly veiled statement of resolve against Washington’s empire.

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  3. jtgw says:

    Well, thanks for posting this counter-propaganda. Of course, the contest between communism and fascism was not between freedom and slavery, but merely between two forms of slavery. The US should have let the two tyrannies alone to fight it out.

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    • Replies: @Dutch Boy
    After the German attack on the USSR, C.S. Lewis was asked his opinion about what Britain should do. His reply was that he thought Britain should supply both sides until they tore each other to pieces.
  4. Mitleser says:
    @Drogger
    Fragile alliance.

    What does make it “fragile”?

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    • Replies: @Drogger
    Historic animosities, perceived slights, territorial disputes, Big Power politics, resources... etc. etc.

    The only thing Russia and China have in common is a dislike for the U.S.
  5. Bliss says:

    The hard lessons of the Second World War tell people, that humanity’s coexistence is not subject to the laws of the jungle; that world politics is diametrically contradictory to belligerent and hegemonic power politics; and that the path of human development is not founded on the principle of “winner takes all” or in games with zero-sum outcomes. Peace – yes, war – no, cooperation – yes, confrontation – no, mutual gains are honored, while zero-sum results – are not: This is what constitutes the unchanging core and essence of peace, progress, and the development of human society.

    Today, mankind has unprecedentedly good opportunities for the realization of our goal – peace, development, and the formation of a system of international relations that is ever more strongly based on the spirit of cooperation and mutual benefits. “Unity – is strength, while self-isolation – is weakness.” Cooperation and the win-win principle should be adopted as the basic orientation of all countries in international affairs. We have to unite our own interests with the common interests of all countries, find and expand on the common points of interests of different parties, develop and establish a new conception of multilateral win-win, to always be ready to extend a helping hand to each other at difficult times, to partake together of rights, interests, and responsibilities, and to collectively collaborate to solve growing global problems such as climate change, energy security, cybersecurity, national disasters, and so on. In short, we are in it together on our planet Earth – the homeland of all humanity.

    Who can find faults in these words of Xi Jinping?

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  6. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    As an American we can still celebrate the occupation of Tokyo by members of the People’s Liberation Army and the United States Armed Forces.

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  7. Drogger says: • Website
    @Mitleser
    What does make it "fragile"?

    Historic animosities, perceived slights, territorial disputes, Big Power politics, resources… etc. etc.

    The only thing Russia and China have in common is a dislike for the U.S.

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    • Replies: @Mitleser
    You should be more specific.

    All territorial disputes were resolved in the last 25 years, resources and Big Power politics are strengthening the Sino-Russian cooperation, etc.
  8. […] Moscow trip a risky move worth taking: People’s Daily. 16. The Unz Review: Translation: Xi Jinping – To Remember History, to Open the Future. 17. The Atlantic: MATT SCHIAVENZA, China and Russia Grow Even Closer. Xi Jinping’s appearance […]

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  9. Mitleser says:
    @Drogger
    Historic animosities, perceived slights, territorial disputes, Big Power politics, resources... etc. etc.

    The only thing Russia and China have in common is a dislike for the U.S.

    You should be more specific.

    All territorial disputes were resolved in the last 25 years, resources and Big Power politics are strengthening the Sino-Russian cooperation, etc.

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  10. Ivan K. says: • Website

    James Corbett : 03:47 Let us not fall in the trap of supporting false idols, false hopes, which is exactly what is happening, unfortunately, with a large part of the population. Of course, the largest part of the population just tends to believe whatever narrative is passing through the news headlines. So they’ll tend to believe
    …. China, Russia – bad, …
    People in the alternative media tend to see it as
    - Well, the West is the driving force of the military aggression that we see going on, so, any stop against that, any bulwark against that is a good thing -. China, BRICS bank, all of these new things, are coming along to undermine that.
    Unfortunately, it goes one level deeper than that. And that is that at the very top of this pyramid, the Chinese elite is connected directly with the US, Western elite. And that is demonstrable, that’s something I did an entire podcast on, a few months ago. “China and the New World Order.” *

    James Corbett [15:25] : You can’t have a global currency, you can’t have global government, if the United States is the only global superpower, unchallenged dominant powerhouse … It _has_ to come down in order for the global superstructure to come up. And the only way to do that, is to put the nice, happy face on it:
    Oh look , there is this resistance bloc, these other countries that are going to be standing up to this horrible militarism of NATO.
    Which is true, that the militarism and all of the craziness that we’ve seen have been brought about by the rise of the United States as a global, unchallenged superpower. Absolutely, it is abominable, and it does have to be stopped in some way….. [But] People are putting their faith and hope and their blind trust in China and Russia, – as if they treated their populations so well! They are going to be the stewards of freedom , peace and happiness throughout the world.”

    Total poppycock. ………

    [15:25] “Basically you can’t have that kind of a world system without the belligerents coming head-to-head with each other. So, I think that Russia and Putin, at the very best, are acting a part of a real opposition. But they are not a real opposition, because, again, they rely on the same outdated – not just outdated, but fundamentally flawed – structures of national… Nationalism is not the bulwark against globalism. That is exactly the part of the dialectic that leads us into globalism. I wrote about this recently in The International Forecaster, in an editorial called How To Really Defeat Globalism, which points out – Nationalism, national & nation-state pride and all of this, is part of the construct that has led us towards global systems of control. It’s based on the same flawed fundamental principle that there is some sort of a national identity, and there is some sort of a national government, that somehow, in some strange, magic, superstitious ritual, has the authority to pronounce over the lives of everyone who happens to live in a certain geographical area. … and, for some reason, that has never been described or explained, has a monopoly on violence over this geographic area. It is a total fraud, that has been perpetrated on the people, and has been brought about by a conscious indoctrination effort. I wrote about this in a recent issue of The International Forecaster as well, talking about it is the Prussian education system ……” [17:00]

    Source: https://www.corbettreport.com/interview-1032-sgt-report-chinese-brics-in-the-new-world-order/

    Many things well said. I vehemently disagree with him on Putin…

    (But the aforementioned (*) analysis of China is fine: https://www.corbettreport.com/china-and-the-new-world-order-transcript/ )

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  11. Dutch Boy says:
    @jtgw
    Well, thanks for posting this counter-propaganda. Of course, the contest between communism and fascism was not between freedom and slavery, but merely between two forms of slavery. The US should have let the two tyrannies alone to fight it out.

    After the German attack on the USSR, C.S. Lewis was asked his opinion about what Britain should do. His reply was that he thought Britain should supply both sides until they tore each other to pieces.

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  12. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer
    @Dutch Boy
    After the German attack on the USSR, C.S. Lewis was asked his opinion about what Britain should do. His reply was that he thought Britain should supply both sides until they tore each other to pieces.

    Sounds like a reasonable approach at the time:)

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