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    Xi responds to letter from families of 'Lisbon Maru' survivors

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    BEIJING, Aug. 27 (Xinhua) — Chinese President Xi Jinping recently replied to a letter from the families of “Lisbon Maru” survivors.

    In the letter, Xi encouraged them to continue to actively engage in Sino-British friendship and looked forward to more British friends contributing to bilateral relations.In October 1942, the “Lisbon Maru”, a freighter requisitioned by the Japanese army to transport more than 1,800 prisoners British War Corps (PG) from Hong Kong to Japan, is hit by the US Army off the Zhoushan Islands in China‘s Zhejiang Province. . A total of 843 POWs died, while 384 were rescued by local fishermen. British officers and soldiers and the British government were deeply grateful for their help.Referring to the moving story of the heroic rescue of 1942, Xi stressed that it is an important testimony about China and Britain fighting side by side as allies in World War II against fascist aggression and that he had left tales of the deep friendship between the peoples of the two countries.Xi has noted that he was very familiar with this piece of history and told the story when he visited Britain in 2015.The Chinese President pointed out that this year marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations at the ambassadorial level between China and Britain, adding that over the past half century, bilateral relations have been able to keep moving forward thanks to the hard work of many friendly people from both countries.Xi also expressed I hope that the families of the survivors will continue to hold fast to the Sino-British friendship and that more Britons will make positive contributions to the development of Sino-British relations.During his visit to Britain in 2015, President Xi cited the rescue of prisoners of war on the “Lisbon Maru” as an example to emphasize that the friendship forged between the Chinese and British peoples during the war will never fade and has become a valuable asset in the bilateral relations. . The daughter of Dennis Morley, a survivor of the “Lisbon Maru”, recently wrote a letter to Xi. She recalled China‘s rescue with gratitude, expressing strong support for an everlasting friendship between the British and Chinese peoples.

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