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Former Site of Provisional Government of ROK Reopens in Shanghai

    On September 4, the former site of provisional government of the Republic of Korea (ROK) reopened after renovation, and ROK President Park Geun-hye and Shanghai Mayor Yang Xiong cut the ribbon and delivered speeches at the opening ceremony.

    On behalf of the Shanghai Municipal Government, Mayor Yang Xiong warmly welcomed Her Excellency Park Geun-hye to the opening ceremony, saying that this year marks the 70th anniversary of the victory in the World Anti-Fascism War and the Chinese People’s War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression and the recovery of Korean Peninsula. Remembering history, cherishing the memory of martyrs, loving peace and opening a new epoch are a shared position of China and the ROK. Shanghai and the ROK have had close historical ties. The ROK provisional government conducted independence movement for 27 years in China, half of that period in Shanghai. The former site of the ROK provisional government has borne witness to the peoples of the two countries going through thick and thin together, sharing weal and woe and helping each other in history, and that part of history has become precious wealth for both countries. Our purpose of holding this event today is to carry on patriotism shown by our revolutionary predecessors, firm confidence in peaceful development and work together to create a better future. Shanghai always attaches importance to the protection of this historical site, and we will continue to strengthen its protection and together with the ROK side do a good job in its service and logistics, so that this symbol of and witness to the friendship between the Chinese and Korean peoples will live forever.

    President Park Geun-hye expressed appreciation to the Chinese side for the protection and management of the site, saying that it is of profound significance to attend its reopening in Shanghai on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of recovery of Korean Peninsula. She hoped the reopened site will become a living historical education platform contributing to carrying on the valuable spirit of numerous martyrs and arousing our sense of national pride.

    Before the ceremony, Mayor Yang Xiong and President Park Geun-hye had a brief meeting, and accompanied by the mayor, the president visited the exhibition at the site after the ceremony. Qiu Guohong, Chinese ambassador to the ROK, and other officials also attended the above activities.