A Chinese writer finished a book of 54 poems remembering the
sailors who died in Russian Kursk submarine accident in 2000 and
presented the book to the Russian Embassy in Beijing on Friday.
Mao Xiupu, a writer from Qingdao city of Shandong Province in
east China, said at the presentation ceremony that he was once a
sailor in the navy and he loves Russian culture and literature very
"The poems in the book have expressed my deep grief over the
death of the Russian soldiers and the sympathy of the Chinese
people for the Russian people," said Mao.
Russian Ambassador to China Sergei Razov thanked Mao for his
book, saying it is a significant and touching book which will help
consolidate and deepen the mutual understanding and friendship
between the peoples of China and Russia.
The book, named "Elegies for Kursk", includes 54 poems, with the
theme of lauding China-Russia friendship and appealing for love
between nations. The book is both in Chinese and Russian.
The Kursk sank during a military exercise in the Barents Sea on
August 12 of 2000 after an explosion ripped through the vessel. All
118 sailors aboard the submarine perished.
(Xinhua News Agency March 4, 2006)