NEW YORK: In response to Chinese President Xi Jinping’s Thursday speech marking the Second World War victory, several U.S. scholars called on China and the United States to revive the cooperative spirit from that war and join hands to confront common enemies.
Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, delivered an important speech at a symposium commemorating the 75th anniversary of the victory of the Chinese People’s War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression and the World Anti-Fascist War. The great spirit of resisting aggression bred during the war is an invaluable source of inspiration, and will always motivate the Chinese people to overcome all difficulties and obstacles and strive to achieve national rejuvenation, said Xi.
“President Xi’s comments are a grand reminder that when China and the world, especially the United States of America, find alignment and agreement around a common cause or enemy — there is little that we can’t defeat. Today, we are jointly facing a silent enemy, a war without bombs — the COVID-19 that has sent a shock wave across the globe,” Tom Watkins, an advisor to the Michigan-China Innovation Center in Michigan, told Xinhua. Quoting George Santayana, a 19th century Spanish philosopher, Watkins said that “those who don’t learn from the past are doomed to repeat it,” adding that “we should never stumble to destruction and war.” “All major world issues will intersect at the corner of Beijing and Washington, D.C.. How the leaders in our respective countries manage the tensions between our nations and come together around a common agenda will impact the people of China, the U.S. and all of humanity,” he said.