Over 80 Chinese and former Soviet veterans reunited Wednesday in
Beijing to commemorate their fighting together against
Japanese invasive troops over 60 years ago.
This is one of a series of activities held recently in Beijing
to commemorate the victory of China's War of Resistance Against
Chen Haosu, president of the Chinese People's Association for
Friendship with Foreign Countries, said the government of the
former Soviet Union helped Chinese people fight against Japanese
invasion even at the early stage of the war.
"Those supports included a large quantity of military equipment
and materials, military staff training and dispatching experts as
well as voluntary pilots to China," he said.
Statistic showed that a total of 3,665 soldiers of the former
Soviet Union had been dispatched to join the war in China from 1937
to 1941, including 1,091 pilots. More than 200 of them died in
In 1931, Japan invaded and occupied northeast China. In 1937,
the Japanese troops attacked Chinese forces at the Lugou Bridge
(Marco Polo Bridge) southwest of Beijing, marking the start of
Japan's full-scale invasion of China.
Basil Ivanov, an 84-year-old veteran, said he still remembers
vividly an attack on the Japanese troops that he joined on August
"The Japanese soldiers at the sentries were all in sleep. Our
troops crossed the Heilongjiang River and promptly took over the
sentries," Ivanov said. "We won the battle without firing a
On August 8, the Soviet Union declared war against Japan based
on the Yalta Agreement and sent troops to northeast China, joining
Chinese army's fight against Japan, which accelerated Japan's
"Friends from the former Soviet Union have offered Chinese
people great help during the war against Japanese invasion, which
we will never forget," Chen said.
(Xinhua News Agency September 1, 2005)