Chinese leader Xi Jinping has invited Russian President Vladimir Putin to visit Beijing on September 3 when China will mark the 70th anniversary of the victory over Japanese militarism in World War II.
"On September 3, our country plans to hold celebrations on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the victory in the Chinese People's War of Resistance against Japanese militarism and the end of World War II. I sincerely invite you to take part in these festivities," Xi told Putin ahead of their meeting in Moscow on Friday.
When assessing China's role in WWII, Xi said that it had taken his country quite long to defeat Japanese militarism and China and the Soviet Union had suffered the biggest losses during that war.
"China was the main front of World War II in Asia during those years, when firm friendship was established between our nations as comrades-in-arms," he said.
When Russia and China celebrate the victory anniversary as their common holiday, they "do not want to hate some other states."
"Rather, they want to pay their respects to the memory of the perished heroes in order to immortalize them, prevent a repeat of this tragic war and maintain peace on our planet together," the Chinese leader said.
When commenting on his participation in the May 9 festivities in Moscow, Xi said that his long-time dream would finally come true and called this anniversary a great event.
Russian presidential chief-of-staff Sergei Ivanov said earlier that President Putin would attend September 3 anniversary ceremonies in China.
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