On the 1st September, a film reception commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the Victory of the Chinese People's Resistance Against Japanese Aggression and the World Anti-Fascist War was held at the Consulate General. Mr. PAN Xinchun, Consul General, delivered a keynote speech, and watched feature documentaries "Truth and Denial" and "The PLA of Today" with guests at the reception. Mme. Helen Moonie, Provost of South Ayrshire, Mr. Mike Robbins, Provost of Stirling, Mr. Jamie McGrigor MSP, Mr. Ian Donaldson, Deputy Director of International Division of the Scottish Parliament, Prof. Richard Williams OBE, Principal of Heriot-Watt University, Mme. Sue Liddell-Caton, niece of Scottish legend doctor Mr. Eric Liddell, and more than 50 other distinguished guests from the Cross-Party Group on China in the Scottish Parliament, Scotland-China Education Network and Scotland China Association attended the function.
Consul General Pan said, 70 years ago, Japan signed the unconditional surrender, marking the Victory of Chinese People's Resistance against Japanese Aggression, and also the final victory of the World Anti-Fascist War. To this end, China will hold a solemn commemoration in Beijing on 3rd September. Today we are honoured to invite distinguished Scottish friends to join us in the special reception to commemorate the historic moment, to preserve peace and build a better future. The great victory is the outcome of close and sincere cooperation between China and world anti-fascist alliance counterparts in the fight against our common enemy. During the War, China received enormous support from many governments and peoples including UK, which came to China's help with economic aid and military cooperation. In the Far East, British soldiers fought side by side with their Chinese comrade-in-arms, sustaining tremendous losses including heavy casualties of 90 thousand on the battlefield, of whom 36 thousand died. Even Japanese POW camps alone saw the deaths of 12 thousand British soldiers. Among many victims, Mr. Eric Liddell, a legendary Scot, is particularly well known and remembered in China. We wish from the bottom of our heart the friendship between Chinese and British peoples rooted in the World Anti-Fascist War will stay forever and never be forgotten. We wish friendship between China and Scotland will continue to develop for ages. We wish the world will be far away from war and people around the world live in peace together.
At the second part of the reception, Consul General Pan invited all guests to watch the feature documentary "Truth and Denial", which reflected the attitude of the Japanese government to the invasion history, and "The PLA of Today". After nearly two hours watching, the audience enthusiastically responded to the documentaries, saying it is their very first time to appreciate the significant historic contribution of the Chinese people to the Victory through Mr. Pan's informative keynote speech and the documentary. Some guests commented that there wasn't enough publicity about the stories of the Chinese People's Resistance Against Japanese Aggression in the past, but the documentary reveals so many important historic facts of the Chinese theatre of the World Anti-Fascist War. Actually Chinese people made a great sacrifice and significant contribution to the world Anti-Fascist War, which the rest of the world shouldn't forget. After the reception, Consul General Pan presented a set of latest documentary DVDs telling the story of the Chinese People's Resistance Against Japanese Aggression to guests.