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Directory Of Year 1958, Issue 1
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Soviet Army Day

Year:1958 Issue:1

Column: ROUND THE WEEK

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Release Date:1958-03-04

Page: 4,5

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The 40th anniversary of Soviet Army Day on February 23 was observed throughout China. Editorials in the press and speakers at mass meetings and other ceremonies described the great role of the Soviet Army in the cause of peace. There were also first-hand accounts of the help given by Soviet Armymen in the difficult days of the Chinese people's fight for freedom.

At a mass rally held in Peking to mark the occasion, Marshal Peng Teh-huai, Defence Minister, paid tribute to the Soviet Army and reaffirmed the strong ties of comradeship between the Chinese People's Liberation Army and the Soviet Army. In a speech devoted largely to analysing the underlying causes of the invincible strength of the Soviet Army, which he described as the most powerful in the world, the Defence Minister stressed the importance for the Chinese army to continue to learn from their Soviet comrades-in-arms. He availed himself of the opportunity to explain how, under the direct leadership of Chairman Mao Tse-tung, the Chinese Communist Party had built up the People's Liberation Army by combining Lenin's principles for army-building and the experience of the Soviet armed forces with specific conditions in China. He ascribed the success of the Chinese People's Liberation Army to the correct relationship between the army and the Communist Party, between the army and the people and to correct relationships within the army itself.

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