China forgets who was the real aggressor in Korean War
Voice of America – 9-8-2022
July 27 marked the 69th anniversary of the signing the Korean War armistice between military commanders from the U.S.-led United Nations forces, North Korea and China.
During the 1950-1953 war on the peninsula, the People’s Republic of China backed North Korea with help from the Soviet Union, while U.S.-led U.N. forces defended South Korea.
The armistice, which South Korea refused to sign, brought a cease-fire in lieu of a peace deal ending the war. Tensions have remained high between the two Koreas ever since.
Last week, China commemorated the armistice’s anniversary by claiming victory in what it calls “the War to Resist the U.S. Aggression and Aid Korea.”
A 29-second video posted on China’s Twitter-like site Weibo, with the hashtag “we won the War to Resist the U.S. Aggression and Aid Korea 69 years ago today,” garnered nearly 12.5 million views. State accounts, including the Chinese Communist Youth League, widely shared the video.
The video proclaimed:
“[China’s victory in] the great War to Resist the U.S. Aggression and Aid Korea resisted the imperialist invasion and expansion, safeguarded the security of the New China, defended the peaceful life of the Chinese people, stabilized the situation on the Korean Peninsula and preserved peace in Asia and the world.”
That sweeping characterization is misleading.