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MOSCOW, April 29 (Itar-Tass) —— China will never forget the contribution of Soviet soldiers to the defeat of the Kwantung Army in World War II, the vice-premier of China’s State Council, Li Keqiang, said at a meeting with WWII veterans in the Central Museum of Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945 at the Poklonnaya Hill memorial on Saturday.
"60 years ago you defended not only your homeland, but the whole world, the entire human civilization from Nazism, and thus made an enormous and invaluable contribution to the history of mankind,” said Li. “History will always remember your deeds."
"Today we can see here many of the veterans who shoulder to shoulder with the Chinese comrades fought against the Japanese invaders,” he said. “China will never forget the contribution of Soviet soldiers to the defeat of Japan’s Kwantung Army."
"Without the joint victory over Nazism we would not have today's dynamic development of Russia and China," he added.
For his part, the president of the Academy of Military Sciences, General Makhmut Gareyev said that "in China there remained many veterans and friends, and our joint victory ensured the success of the modern development of our countries."
"Nowhere else was the Soviet Army welcomed with greater enthusiasm than in China,” he stressed. “Today, in the face of modern challenges, we have no other choice but to be together."
Gareyev regretted that "some are questioning our victory and trying to deprive the Russian and Chinese peoples of those great achievements and that great victory in World War II."