History is a Guide
by H.E. Jiang Jiang, Chinese Ambassador to Malta

September 3 marks the anniversary of the victory of the World Anti-Fascist War and the Chinese People's War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression.

Seventy-five years ago, a 14-year-long tenacious struggle against Japanese aggression ended with the great victory of the Chinese people. It marked the full victory of the World Anti-Fascist War, a war between justice and evil, between light and darkness, and between the progressive and the reactionary.

In that devastating war, the Chinese People's War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression started the earliest and lasted the longest. Undaunted by the aggressors, the unyielding Chinese people put up a heroic struggle and held ground in the main theater in the East.

After suffering over 35 million casualties, the Chinese people crushed the nefarious attempt of the Japanese militarists to colonize and enslave China. China safeguarded its sovereignty and territorial integrity and made a remarkable contribution to the victory of the World Anti-Fascist War.

Seventy-five years later, the history of that war serves as a stark reminder of the preciousness of peace.

The reality, however, is that our world today is still not a tranquil place, even though the world has come to realize that peace and development should be the order of the day.

Local conflicts and non-traditional security challenges ranging from climate change, cybersecurity, terrorism to transnational crime continue to threaten our world. The pursuit of lasting peace remains an uphill journey.

History, if not forgotten, can serve as a guide for the future. To "save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind" according to the UN Charter, we must jointly safeguard the post-war international order that people of the world fought to build with their lives, and uphold international fairness and justice.

To that end, we need to observe the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations.

Countries, irrespective of their size, strength and wealth, are all equal;

Sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of countries, as well as the right to choose their own development paths must be respected;

Interference in other countries' internal affairs must be opposed.

To that end, we need to firmly uphold multilateralism and oppose unilateralism and acts of bullying.

Issues that matter to all must be addressed through consultation, instead of imposing one's will on others;

The UN-centered international system, the world order underpinned by international law, and the multilateral trading regime with the WTO as its cornerstone must all be upheld;

The WHO must have all the support it needs to lead the global response to the coronavirus;

The Paris Agreement on climate change must be effectively implemented.

To that end, we need to recognize that humanity is a community with a shared future and must meet global challenges together.

The stake that humanity share in the future of our world is unprecedented. So are the risks that we face together.

COVID-19 proves once again that countries share but one future. No one is safe until everyone is safe. Only cooperation can pull us through the challenges and preserve the well-being of our home planet.

Being the largest developing country and a permanent member of the UN Security Council, China stands by the lofty ideals of the UN.

China is committed to the path of peaceful development. It will always be a champion for world peace, an upholder of international order, and a contributor to global development.

China is ready to work with Malta and all other peace-loving countries for an open, inclusive, clean and beautiful world that enjoys lasting peace, universal security and common prosperity.

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This article was published in the Malta Independent on 14 September, 2020.

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