Ex­hibit ex­plores Mar­shal Ye’s legacy

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By LIU CHANG in Wash­ing­ton changliu@chi­nadai­lyusa.com

The 35th An­niver­sary of China-US Diplo­matic Re­la­tions and Mar­shal Ye Jiany­ing’s Life Story Ex­hi­bi­tion, or­ga­nized by the Co­or­di­na­tion Coun­cil of Chi­nese Amer­i­can As­so­ci­a­tions (CCCAA) and the Wash­ing­ton Nan­tong As­so­ci­a­tion, held on Thurs­day at the Carnegie Li­brary at Mt Ver­non Square in Wash­ing­ton, shows the his­tor­i­cal im­por­tance of de­vel­op­ing a healthy re­la­tion­ship between the US and China.

The ex­hibit of Mar­shal Ye Jiany­ing’s life story fea­tures sec­tions on his youth, join­ing the revo­lu­tion, his years in the army and par­tic­i­pa­tion in the war of Re­sis­tance against Ja­panese Ag­gres­sion and play­ing the role of a found­ing fa­ther. It has drawn visi­tors from both the US and China, as well as em­bassy of­fi­cials.

In the tur­bu­lent decade dur­ing the War of Re­sis­tance against Ja­panese Ag­gres­sion, China and US fought shoul­der-to-shoul­der against Ja­panese Fas­cism. Based on the shared hard­ships, the two coun­tries forged a pro­found friend­ship from troops in the trenches up to gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials.

Ling Chi, vice-chair­man of the China Con­fu­cius Com­mit­tee, said al­though 35 years of his­tory has elapsed in the blink of an eye, the event­ful his­tor­i­cal mo­ments — like the Fly­ing Tigers un­der Lt Gen Claire Chen­nault help­ing trans­port crit­i­cal ma­te­ri­als from Myan­mar to Yun­nan Prov­ince when Chi­nese sol­diers lacked re­sources — will never be for­got­ten.

As Ling re­minded ev­ery­one, “The Fly­ing Tigers pro­vided a life-sav­ing strate­gic ser­vice to us.”

“Our hearts are still full of grat­i­tude for them to­day. Our peo­ples need to not only strengthen our co­op­er­a­tion and friend­ship at the 35th an­niver­sary mov­ing for­ward, but we must also never for­get our his­tory,” she said.

Wu Xi, min­is­ter of the Chi­nese em­bassy, com­mended the ex­hi­bi­tion on be­half of the Chi­nese mis­sion. Wu said she was thank­ful to peo­ple who bear his­tory in mind and always con­nect their heart with their moth­er­land by help­ing im­prove bi­lat­eral re­la­tions and strengthen mu­tual un­der­stand­ing.

Wu ac­knowl­edged Mar­shal Ye’s out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tions to China’s re­forms and es­tab­lish­ment. Wu re­called how Ye ac­com­pa­nied for­mer US Pres­i­dent Richard Nixon dur­ing his visit to China in 1972, open­ing the door to di­a­logue between the two coun­tries and build­ing a new tem­plate in which di­a­logue re­placed con­fronta­tion and co­op­er­a­tion re­placed con­flict.

Wu said peo­ple of­ten think of the past in or­der to look to build a bet­ter future, adding that progress in the Si­noUS re­la­tion­ship has helped yield ben­e­fits to the cit­i­zens of both coun­tries, the Asi­aPa­cific and the whole world.

Ruyi He, chair­man of the Co­or­di­na­tion Coun­cil of Chi­nese Amer­i­can As­so­ci­a­tions, said ev­ery­one in the au­di­ence had not only wit­nessed the 35 years of his­tory, but also ben­e­fited from it.

“Al­though we are far away from our moth­er­land, our hearts are always tied to­gether. We need to be united to help ad­vance cul­tural ex­change and mu­tual un­der­stand­ing between the two coun­tries,” He said.

LIU CHANG / CHINA DAILY

Li Li (left), chair­man of Bei­jing As­so­ci­a­tion USA, in­tro­duces Mar­shal Ye Jiany­ing’s life story to Wu Xi (cen­ter), min­is­ter of the Chi­nese em­bassy, and Zhang Yi, coun­selor and deputy con­sul gen­eral of the Chi­nese Em­bassy, at the ex­hi­bi­tion on Thurs­day at Carnegie Li­brary at Mt Ver­non Square in Wash­ing­ton.

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