BEIJING, October 23. / TASS /. China strongly opposes hegemony and the politics of force, has never sought expansion and believes that actions of this nature can only lead the world to a dead end. Chinese President Xi Jinping said this on Friday at a solemn meeting in honor of the 70th anniversary of the entry of the units of the Chinese People's Volunteers (CPV) into the Korean War.
"China has always maintained the defensive nature of its national defense policy. We have never sought hegemony or expansion. We are strongly opposed to hegemony and politics of power," he said.
According to Xi Jinping, any manifestations of one-sidedness, protectionism, selfishness in the modern world, as well as the desire for hegemony and intimidation will lead to a dead end. At the same time, the policy of oppression, pressure, as well as the pursuit of only one's own interests will not lead to any results.
In 1945, after the defeat of Japan in World War II, in accordance with the Yalta Agreement, the Korean Peninsula was divided along the 38th parallel. In 1950, a long period of mutual threats resulted in an armed conflict between the DPRK and the Republic of Korea. On the side of South Korea, soldiers of the United States and 20 countries fought under the UN flag. The DPRK was supported in that war by the USSR and China.
On October 19, 1950, the Chinese People's Volunteer forces crossed the Yalu River border and fought until the 1953 ceasefire. In total, 2.9 million Chinese fighters were involved in the battles, of which, according to official data from the Chinese side, 197,653 people died. Among the dead was also Mao Zedong's son, Mao Anying.