The Correct Historical Perspective

(Foreign Affairs in the New Era)

Updated:2020-01-19 |

The Correct Historical Perspective

Speaking to a reception commemorating the 70th anniversary of the victory in the Chinese People's War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression on September 3, 2015, Xi Jinping said, "Only with a correct understanding of history can we create a bright future. History is written in the hearts of people. History cannot be written out, and it cannot be written off…. History may be bygone memories, but the inspiration and lessons drawn from history will forever be there, whether you acknowledge them or not. All of us - whether the people of the countries that bravely resisted the aggression or those of the countries that launched the aggression, whether the people who had gone through that particular period or those who were born in later times - should maintain the correct historical perspective and always remember the lessons drawn from history."

At the Central Conference on Work Relating to Foreign Affairs in June 2018, President Xi said: "With the correct historical perspective, one will not only notice the current international situation, but also review the past and observe the world through the prism of historical laws, and look ahead and detect the underlying trends of historical progress."


2015年9月,习近平在纪念中国人民抗日战争暨世界反法西斯战争胜利70周年招待会上的重要讲话中强调:“只有正确认识历史,才能更好开创未来。历史是写在人民心中的,历史不容抹杀,也是抹杀不了的……历史会逐渐久远,但历史的启迪和教训,不管承认不承认,永远就在那儿。无论是当年勇敢抗击侵略战争的国家的人民还是当年发动侵略战争的国家的人民,无论是经历了那个年代的人们还是在那个年代以后出生的人们,都要坚持正确历史观,牢记历史的启迪和教训。”2018 年6月,习近平在中央外事工作会议上指出:“所谓正确历史观,就是不仅要看现在国际形势什么样,而且要端起历史望远镜回顾过去、总结历史规律,展望未来、把握历史前进大势。”上述这些重要论述,连同习近平近年来对历史和历史观的一系列论述,形成了一个科学整体。