Re­mem­ber­ing Bat­tle of Hong Kong

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By SUN XIAOCHEN sunx­i­aochen@chi­nadaily.com.cn By NA LI in Toronto re­nali@chi­nadai­lyusa.com

As China un­veils am­bi­tious plans to boost the win­ter sport­sThe Cana­di­anin­dus­try with sol­diers prepa­ra­tionswho fought for in the the 2022 Bat­tle Bei­jin­gof Hong Win­ter Kong Olympic­swere the first ramp­ingfrom their up, coun­try ob­servers to fireare a call­ing­shot in for World solid War plan­ningII and also and were train­ingthe first to Cana­di­a­nen­sure even ca­su­al­ties im­ple­men­ta­tionof the war. and This sus­tain­abil­i­ty­past Satur­day, long a af­ter­cer­e­mony the Gameswas hel­dare over.in Markham to honor The the coun­try75th an­niver­saryis plan­ning of to the have De­cem­bera to­tal 1941of 650 bat­tle. skat­ing rinks and 800 ski re­sorts by 2022, lay­ing the foun­da­tion for 300 mil­lion peo­ple to par­tic­i­pate in win­ter sports and re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties.

They are ex­pected to con­trib­ute 1 tril­lion yuan ($148 bil­lion) to the win­ter sports in­dus­try in­clud­ing spend­ing at venues, equip­ment pro­duc­tion and train­ing fees by 2025.

The in­crease in fa­cil­i­ties and par­tic­i­pants would be mas­sive: China cur­rently has over 200 skat­ing rinks and 500 ski re­sorts, and about 30 mil­lion peo­ple par­tic­i­pate in win­ter sports and re­lated en­ter­tain­ment, ac­cord­ing to the State Gen­eral Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Sport, the coun­try’s top

The cer­e­mony was hosted by the Vi­sion Youth Lead­ers Pro­gram, the Royal Hong Kong Reg­i­ment (The Vol­un­teers) On­tario As­so­ci­a­tion, Hong Kong Global Net­work and the Hong Kong Cul­tural Stud­ies Club (Univer­sity of Toronto), and the city of Markham. The pur­pose was to pro­mote pub­lic aware­ness of the fight­ing in the Pa­cific Theatre. sports body.

With six years to go be­fore the Games, the ad­min­is­tra­tion onWed­nes­day is­sued na­tional plans for win­ter sports de­vel­op­ment and in­fra­struc­ture con­struc­tion. The plans also in­volve seven other min­istries, in­clud­ing the Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry and the Na­tional De­vel­op­ment and Re­form Com­mis­sion.

“To ac­cel­er­ate the con­struc­tion of win­ter sports fa­cil­i­ties, not only for elite com­pe­ti­tions but for mass par­tic­i­pa­tion, has been a press­ing is­sue for the prepa­ra­tion of the Bei­jing 2022 Win­ter Olympics,” said Gao Zhi­dan, vice-min­is­ter of sport.

Win­ter sports venue de­vel­op­ers will be of­fered rea­son­able and flex­i­ble poli­cies in tax re­duc­tion and land ac­qui­si­tion, ac­cord­ing to Wang Wei­dong, di­rec­tor of the sports ad­min­is­tra­tion’s eco­nom­ics depart­ment.More than 100 Wang peo­ple said at­tended the ad­min­is­tra­tionthe cer­e­mony. willA doc­u­men­tary­work with the Fi­nance­was shown Min­istry fea­tur­ing and two the vet­er­ans Min­istry whoof Land par­tic­i­patedand Re­sourcesin the bat­tle to and fi­nal­ize their such fam­ily mea­sures. mem­bers vis­it­ing Bei­jing the and Lit­tle co-hostSai Wan ZhangMil­i­tary Ceme­tery in Hong Kong last year.

“I would like to thank the peo­ple of Hong Kong for their many years of con­tri­bu­tion in Canada. In fact, there were more than 2,000 Hong Kong Chi­nese sol­diers (in the Bri­tish gar­ri­son) who fought side by side with Cana­di­ans to de­fend Hong Kong. All sol­diers fought very hard in that bat­tle,” said Ge­orge MacDonell, a 94-yearold vet­eran. PLAN FOR WIN­TER SPORTS DE­VEL­OP­MENT 2020 2025 2020 2025 2015 2022 2,000 10 2020 2025 20 5,000 600 bil­lion yuan

“It is very mean­ing­ful to com­mem­o­rate this event in Markham,” said Markham Mayor 2015 Frank Scar­petti, who along with City Coun­cil mem­bers

2022 100 sq km pre­sented wreaths dur­ing the cer­e­mony. “It pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity for our com­mu­nity to hon­our and re­mem­ber those who have fought for our free­dom in 1941.”

In late 1941, 1,975 Cana­dian vol­un­teers trav­eled across the world to help de­fend Hong Kong. The youngest soldier was 16. Only hours after their at­tack of Pearl Har­bor, 60,000 Ja­panese bombed Hong Kong.

There were only 8,000 mil­i­tary per­son­nel, in­clud­ing 2020 2025 2020 2025 2015 2022 10 2 1 tril­lion yuan 20 more than 500 5 800 Bri­tish, Cana­dian, In­dian and Hong Kong vol­un­teers de­fend­ing the city. Some 300 Cana­di­ans 2015 were killed and an­other 300 died in pris­oner camps. They 2022 3,500 km were buried in Stan­ley and Sai Wan War Ceme­tery.

A fo­rum on the bat­tle will be held at 7.30 pm on Nov 11, at Sid­ney Smith Hall SS2102, at the Univer­sity of Toronto.

Speak­ers will in­clude rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Hong Kong Vet­er­ans Com­mem­o­ra­tive As­so­ci­a­tion; Mike Babin, whose fa­ther was in the Bat­tle of Hong Kong; Joseph Kaung of the Hong Kong Global Net­work and (Ret.) Capt. James Chan of the Royal Hong Kong Reg­i­ment.

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Or­ga­niz­ers and vet­er­ans mark the 75th an­niver­sary of the Bat­tle of Hong Kong in a cer­e­mony on Oct 29 at the Markham Civic Cen­tre.

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