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WWII Veterans to Promote Peace in Beijing

Chen Haosu, president of the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, told a press conference on Wednesday that more than 200 global veterans will sign the Beijing Peace Declaration in the capital on September 3 to mark the 60th anniversary of China's victory in the War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression.

They will also dedicate a 60 meter-long "Beijing Peace Wall" in a suburban park.

Chen said a declaration will be engraved on the 10 meter-high wall in Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish, along with the veterans' names.

"It will be a unique and historic event. As participants and survivors of WWII, these veterans are willing to express their desire to cherish life and peace," he said.

Veterans invited include a delegation of retired generals from the US Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps. Other guests include John Rossi, a former Flying Tigers pilot, and relatives of Canadian surgeon Norman Bethune and others who joined the Chinese people in their struggle against the Japanese invasion.

(Xinhua News Agency July 21, 2005)

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