The upcoming visit of Chinese President Hu Jintao to Moscow for the 65th anniversary of the end of Russia's Great Patriotic War is of vitally realistic and historical significance, Chinese ambassador Li Hui told Xinhua in a recent interview.
"History is a mirror that can reflect the future. President Hu's upcoming visit highlights the importance of remembering the past while cherishing and protecting the hard-won peace against the recurrence of warfare tragedy, and of enabling people all over the world to share the achievement of peace and development," Li said.
"At the invitation of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, President Hu Jintao will commemorate the 65th anniversary of the end of the Russian Great Patriotic War in Moscow on Sunday," said Li, adding that Hu would jointly celebrate the great victory in human history together with dozens of world leaders.
Russia's "Great Patriotic War," known in the West as a part of World War II, refers to the battles from June 1941 to May 1945 against Nazi Germany and its allies on the Eastern Front.
"This is a great event in Sino-Russian relations this year, which once again reflects the high level of Sino-Russian strategic partnership of cooperation," Li said.
More than 70 years ago, aggression launched by German, Italian and Japanese Fascists dragged nearly two billion people from over 60 countries, including Russia and China, into an unprecedented catastrophe in human history, Li said.
"In this desperate struggle between evil and justice, all countries and people in love of peace across the world stood together and saved human civilization with blood and life as they won the peace in the end," he said.
Li also spoke highly of the Russian Great Patriotic War, during which the Soviet army and people made huge sacrifices to safeguard national sovereignty and dignity as well as indelible historic contributions to the victory of the world's war against Fascism.
Meanwhile, the ambassador stressed that China's War of Resistance Against Japan on the Asia Pacific battlefield during the World War II was also an important component of the global anti-fascist war.
Supported by all countries opposed to fascism, the Chinese Anti-Japanese War made great contributions to winning the anti-fascist war despite the cost of tremendous national sacrifices, he said.
The Chinese War of Resistance Against Japan and the Russian Great Patriotic War had firmly solidified the profound friendship between the Chinese and Russian people, Li said.
The Chinese people would never forget the precious support and assistance from their Soviet counterparts during the Anti-Japanese War, the ambassador said.
Li said, during Hu's Moscow visit, the Chinese president would honor and thank more than 20 representatives of World War II Russian veterans who took part in the battles of the liberation of China's Northeast.
China and Russia, both permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, shouldered great responsibility for the world's peace, stability and development, he said.
With the Sino-Russian ties currently at a historic high, it was in full accordance with the fundamental interests of the two countries and their peoples to advance the bilateral strategic partnership of cooperation while being good neighbors, partners and friends forever, he said.
"The Chinese government is willing to make unremitting efforts in establishing a harmonious world of everlasting peace and collective prosperity together with the Russian side and all the other countries," Li said.