For­eign­ers who helped China fight against ag­gres­sion

China Daily (Canada) - - V-DAY COMMEMORATION - ByWANG QINGYUN wangqingyun@ chi­nadaily.com.cn

Born in Oc­to­ber 1924 , A l l en Larsen is a vet­eran of the F ly ing T igers and ar­rived years ago.

He and Wil­liam Dib­ble, a de­ceased mem­ber of the Fly­ing Tigers, com­piled an al­bum ti­tled China in the Eyes of Fly­ing Tigers 19441945, which com­prises photos he and Dib­ble took in Chi­nese cities in­clud­ing Kun­ming and Hangzhou.

“I hope that our in­tro­duc­tions will in­form you of the wide­spread in­ter­est and faith that we had in the al­liance with China in WWII. This is a very im­por­tant part of my life and I shall never, never for­get,” he said in his open­ing re­marks in the news con­fer­ence in Bei­jing onWed­nes­day.

He also re­called that while in China, he asked his mother to send him a doll, which he later sent to a lo­cal 4-year-old girl in. About a year ago, the young girl who re­ceived the doll went to visit him in the United States.

They had a re­union on his 90th birth­day. “So there were many peo­ple there who got to know the story of how the Amer­i­cans and the Chi­nese in­ter­acted dur­ing the close of WWII,” he said.

“I think that a mil­i­tary pa­rade at the end of a war, such as World War II, is im­por­tant for the recog­ni­tion of those who par­tic­i­pated in that con­flict, who left their fam­i­lies, and some who never came back,” he said.

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Shi­geo Ts u t s u i (1920 - 2014 ) , was sent to China in 1940 as a pi­lot of the Ja­panese army. He was cap­tured by vil­lagers and sent to the Eighth Route Army in 1945 af­ter land­ing in Shan­dong due to a me­chan­i­cal er­ror of the plane. Ac­cord­ing to Kenji Tsut­sui, his son, he at­tempted sui­cide but was stopped by the Eighth Route Army, and he later changed his view of the world and joined the Eighth Route Army.

Tsut­sui took part in train­ing Chi­nese pilots and coached some of the pilots who flew in the pa­rade at the found­ing cer­e­mony of the Peo­ple’s Re­pub­lic of China on Oct 1, 1949.

His son said at the news con­fer­ence on Wed­nes­day: “Now my fa­ther has passed away. I be­lieve that I will con­tinue to carry with me my fa­ther’s mem­ory and ded­i­cate my­self to friend­ship be­tween the two coun­tries and peace in the world.”

T e d Stevens (1923 - 2010) was a Fly­ing Tigers vet­eran. He served as a trans­port pi­lot in sup­port of the US Fly­ing Tigers in the China-Burma-In­dia theater dur­ing World War II, and was hon­ored by the Pa­cific Avi­a­tion Mu­seum Pearl Har­bor in Oc­to­ber 2011, ac­cord­ing to the Ted Stevens Foun­da­tion.

In 1980, he and his wife, Cather­ine Ann Stevens, vis­ited China and met Deng Xiaop­ing.

He was also the cre­ator of the United States-China In­ter-Par­lia­men­tary Group.

Cather­ine Ann Stevens said at a news con­fer­ence in Bei­jing on Wed­nes­day: “One of the rea­sons that he did so much with China in his years in the Se­nate was that he did not want Amer­i­cans to for­get what hap­pened in con­nec­tion with China, and part of that is hap­pen­ing in our me­mo­ri­als such as theWorldWar II mu­seum in New Or­leans, which is just open­ing a China-Burma-In­dia ex­hi­bi­tion.”

“They are pass­ing the torch to fu­ture gen­er­a­tions and hope they can learn more about the ter­ri­ble war that hap­pened here in China,” she said.

Jean Au­gustin Bussiere was a Fr e n c h mil­i­tary doc­tor w h o ar­rived in China in 1913 and stayed un­til 1954. In China, he first served as a doc­tor for the French mis­sion, and went on to con­sult some Chi­nese politi­cians in­clud­ing Yuan Shikai.

He took part in es­tab­lish­ing Shuguang Hos­pi­tal in Shang­hai. He was among the first for­eign­ers to have wit­nessed the Ja­panese in­va­sion of China in 1937, and se­cretly trans­ported medicines to the Eighth Route Army dur­ing the war.

“I’m very proud of the hu­man­i­tar­ian spirit of my fa­ther and I also be­lieve that this can be a great ex­am­ple for the young peo­ple and doc­tors these days,” said Jean-Louis Bussiere, his son, on Wed­nes­day in Bei­jing.

“I be­lieve it (the vic­tory pa­rade) is an oc­ca­sion to help us re­mem­ber the past suf­fer­ing, but also a chance for the next gen­er­a­tion to know by this ex­am­ple that you should not only re­sist ag­gres­sion when it takes place, but in times of peace, you should also know how to keep peace and de­liver it to the fu­ture gen­er­a­tions,” he added.

Vasily Ivanovich Chuikov (1900-82), was a gen­eral in the for­mer Sov iet Un ion and was a mil­i­tary ad­viser to Chi­ang Kai-shek. The army he com­manded held on to Stal­in­grad in 1942.

Chuikov went to China for the first time when he was 26, and as a mil­i­tary leader he as­sisted the Chi­nese peo­ple in fight­ing WWII, his grand­son Niko­lai Chuikov said on Wed­nes­day.

“I want to thank the Chi­nese peo­ple, not only be­cause some Chi­nese sol­diers took part in the Great Pa­tri­otic War, but at the same time on the Chi­nese bat­tle­field, the Chi­nese troops ef­fec­tively tied up the Ja­panese troops and al­lowed the Soviet troops to fo­cus on the bat­tle­field in Moscow,” said Niko­lai Chuikov.

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