Friendship Forged in Blood in Anti-US War
Korean Central News Agency of DPRK via Korea News Service (KNS)
Pyongyang, October 21 (KCNA) -- Sixty years has elapsed since the armies and peoples of Korea and China began fighting on one side against the imperialist allied forces' invasion.
During the Fatherland Liberation War (June 1950-July 1953), the Chinese Party and Government adopted a crucial decision on resisting America and aiding Korea, safeguarding the home and defending the motherland and sent volunteers to the Korean War on October 25, Juche 39 (1950) when the Korean people were waging a life-and-death struggle against the invaders.
Fully displayed in the war was the Chinese people's obligation to the Korean revolutionaries and people who, under the leadership of President Kim Il Sung, had rendered sincere material and mental assistance to the Chinese people in their arduous anti-Japanese war and homeland liberation war.
The Chinese People's Volunteers, together with Korean People's Army, successfully waged many battles to contribute to winning the war. Among the battles are those in Unsan and Hyon-ri areas, on River Chongchon, Lake Jangjin and River Kumsong in Kimhwa area and in Mt. Maryang, Hill Sanggam and Mt. Rodok.
Pilots, anti-aircraft artillerymen, military engineers and other Chinese servicepersons fought valiantly in the war, fully discharging their internationalist mission.
The DPRK Government, in order to appreciate their heroic services and record them in the history of DPRK-China friendship, awarded DPRK orders and medals to 661,736 volunteers. Of them twelve were honored with the title of Hero of Republic and 226 with Order of the National Flag 1st Class.
All the volunteers not only displayed an unexampled spirit of self-sacrifice and heroism in the war against the aggressors but promoted friendly relations with the Korean people.
They protected Korean people's lives and properties at the risk of danger, helped peasants in their tilling, sowing and harvesting and restored damaged reservoirs, dikes, roads and bridges. One of them saved a Korean boy from an air hole at the cost of his life.
After the ceasefire, the Chinese volunteers, together with the Korean People's Army, did their utmost to frustrate the enemy's provocation moves and promote a peaceful reunification of Korea. They also devotedly helped the Korean people in their rehabilitation and construction under the slogan "Let Each of Us Do More Things Good for the Korean People!"
Through the war, the revolutionaries and peoples of the DPRK and China further developed bilateral friendship and unity.
Now the DPRK-China friendship, which is on a high level under deep concern of General Secretary Kim Jong Il and the Chinese leadership of new generation, will as ever develop along with the Friendship Tower, fully demonstrating its vitality.
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