Remembering the past while thinking about the future

Remembering the past while thinking about the future

The Zhangjiakou municipal district, Zhangbei County, Hebei Province, is the location of a memorial complex dedicated to the Soviet and Mongolian soldiers, who lost their lives liberating China from the Japanese invaders during World War II. Engraved on the monument are the names of 66 Soviet and 13 Mongolian servicemen. The remains of another 60 soldiers were buried in a mass grave located where fierce fighting took place decades ago.

By tradition, heads and representatives of diplomatic missions accredited in Beijing visit the Memorial Complex ahead of Victory Day. On 7 May, a wreath-laying ceremony was held there on the occasion of the 73rd anniversary of the Great Victory. The heads of diplomatic missions and diplomats from Russia, China, Turkmenistan, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan attended the ceremony.

SCO Deputy Secretary-General Nurlan Akkoshkarov laid the wreath on behalf of the SCO Secretariat.

The Memorial Complex includes three facilities: The main 29-metre-high monument, a stele located next to the main monument, and a tombstone on the mass grave. The complex measures 396 square metres.