We never put our hands in the air to the Japanese, and never laid down arms until ordered to do so.”
because it had the largest population in the world and emerging demands for a more modern lifestyle.
In 1984, he proposed that Ontario and China’s Jiangsu province, where the Nanking Massacre happened during Japan’s invasion, establish a joint venture, the Jiangsu-Ontario Technology Centre, which was built in 1987.
“We brought the premier of Jiangsu to Toronto and she invited our premier... and we had a wonderful relationship,” he said. “So I’ve been involved with the Chinese people as a soldier, and as a diplomat, for a long time, for about 80 years.” of the victory of the antiFascist war and the Chinese People’s War of Resistance against Japanese aggression.
The ceremony was held in front of the Defence of Hong Kong Memorial Wall. MacDonell was invited to represent Canadian veterans of the Battle of Hong Kong.
MacDonald dedicated his remarks to the Chinese volunteers who fought alongside the Canadians in what he described as a courageous attempt to thwart the Japanese invaders against overwhelming odds.
Luo Zhaohui, China’s ambassador to Canada, presented MacDonell with a certificate of appreciation for his bravery.
“For the young Canadian fighters, they fought not for conquest. They fought to end conquest. They fought for peace, for lasting peace,” Luo said at the ceremony. “Some survived while others never returned. They slept forever in the remote lands. We will never forget them. We will remember them forever.” Contact the writer at renali@ chinadailyusa.com
Luo Zhaohui, China’s ambassador to Canada, presents MacDonell with a certificate of appreciation at the June 18 ceremony in recognition of his bravery in the Battle of Hong Kong. Senator Joseph Day is to the right of Luo.
MacDonell (back row, fourth from left) is with his comrades in this photo taken on Sept 15, 1945, the day they were released from the Japanese prison camp at Ohasi.