Delegation of the People’s Liberation Army visits Hiroshima

by Hiromi Morita, Staff Writer

Twenty-one members of China’s People’s Liberation Army visited Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum on October 22. They came to Japan at the invitation of several organizations including the Sasakawa Peace Foundation in Tokyo, which promotes the interactions of military personnel between Japan and China. The delegation’s visit to the A-bombed city of Hiroshima was organized with the aim of furthering their historical understanding.

Senior Colonel Huang Xueping, 43, delegation leader and vice director of the Newspaper Department of the Ministry of National Defense, and his party visited the A-bomb Dome and toured the museum while listening to recorded information about the displays. They paid close attention to such exhibits as a watch stopped at 8:15 a.m., the exact moment of the bomb’s explosion, as well as other belongings of the victims, including charred clothing.

Mr. Huang remarked, “My visit to Hiroshima has renewed my determination to defend peace in the region and in the world. Both China and Japan are victims of war. Both countries should continue to contribute to maintaining peace in the world.”

The delegation came to Japan on October 15 and visited the Ministry of Defense and the Kure Naval Base of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force. They will continue their on-site tour of such locations as defense-related facilities in the prefectures of Hyogo and Osaka and several corporations before returning to China on October 25.

(Originally published on October 23, 2008)