Team finds sus­pected Soviet WWII re­mains

The China Post - - CLASSIFIEDS -

The re­port did not spec­ify ex­actly how many re­mains were dis­cov­ered, but cited a Rus­sian ex­pert as say­ing they in­cluded sev­eral pieces of bone and will need fur­ther work to iden­tify them.

Ac­cord­ing to pre­vi­ous re­ports it was their first such joint search.

Bei­jing and Moscow, al­lies and then ad­ver­saries dur­ing the Cold War, have over the past quar­ter cen­tury found com­mon ground in­ter­na­tion­ally and of­ten take sim­i­lar stands at the U.N. Se­cu­rity Coun­cil where they have per­ma­nent veto pow­ers.

They have also de­vel­oped in­creas­ingly closer eco­nomic ties as main­land China eyes the vast hy­dro­car­bon re­sources of Rus­sia, which is seek­ing sta­ble mar­kets amid West­ern sanc­tions over its an­nex­a­tion of Crimea and fight­ing in eastern Ukraine.

Soviet troops en­tered China’s Manchuria re­gion on Aug. 9, 1945, six days be­fore the sur­ren­der of Ja­pan, which had in­vaded wide ar­eas of China in the 1930s and es­tab­lished a pup­pet regime in the north­east.

As well as the U.S. drop­ping atomic bombs on the Ja­panese cities of Hiroshima and Na­gasaki on Aug. 6 and Aug. 9, the Soviet en­try into the con­flict is seen as a ma­jor fac­tor has­ten­ing Ja­pan’s su­ing for peace.

Both main­land China and Rus­sia con­tinue to have fraught re­la­tions with Ja­pan.

Bei­jing fre­quently crit­i­cizes Tokyo over its at­ti­tude to­wards the war and is at odds with it over a ter­ri­to­rial dis­pute in the East China Sea.

Rus­sia and Ja­pan, mean­while, have yet to sign a peace treaty to for­mally con­clude the war, as Tokyo de­mands the re­turn of is­lands off its north­ern coast seized by Soviet troops in the war’s closing days.

Both Rus­sia and main­land China are plan­ning ma­jor com­mem­o­ra­tions of the war’s end.

Main­land troops will par­tic­i­pate in a pa­rade on May 9 in Moscow to mark the 70th an­niver­sary of victory in World War II, though West­ern lead­ers are largely stay­ing away over Rus­sia’s role in the Ukraine con­flict.

Bei­jing, mean­while, has an­nounced that it will hold a pa­rade later this year to cel­e­brate victory over Ja­pan as well as the broader global de­feat of fas­cism.

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