Ekaterina Blinova — Beijing and Moscow are planning to hold joint commemorations for the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War; experts note the countries are openly debunking historical myths created by West.
Both countries sustained severe massive casualties, on a scale that could hardly be imagined by the West. While the war claimed the lives of 418,000 Americans, 600,000 French nationals and 450,000 Britons, the USSR's casualties amounted to 27 million and China's – to almost 20 million deaths.
However, the publicist Paul Letters noted that many more could have been killed by Nazi military forces and their allies in these strategic Eurasian regions. For comparison's sake Germany, who launched the war, lost a total of 7.3 million people while Japan lost 2.7 million, according to some estimates.
In response, the Russian Ministry of Defense for the first time publicly disclosed reliable historical documents covering the event. The declassified documents indicated that it was the Soviet troops, who liberated 7,600 prisoners from Auschwitz-Birkenau, the most vivid symbol of hideous Holocaust, and expelled Nazi military forces.
Both China and Russia pay great attention to their history and traditional values. They understand the exceptional importance of comprehensive and undistorted information about the past.
"Today, Beijing and Moscow want to promote their own historical — and future — narrative distinct from any Western version," the publicist underscored. "Seventy years ago, Asia's two largest countries ended up on the winning side, and the rest, as they say, is history," Paul Letters concluded.