BEIJING, May 10 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Defense Minister Liang Guanglie met here Monday with a delegation of relatives of martyrs who died fighting the War to Resist U.S. Aggression and Aid Korea (1950-1953).
"Our Party, government and people always remember the heroic martyrs who sacrificed their life to safeguard regional peace and national dignity," said Liang, also a State Councilor.
Liang said the country was forever grateful for the fearless members of the Chinese People's Volunteer Army to win a peaceful development environment for the state.
The martyrs of the Chinese People's Volunteer Army had been honored as heroes of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).
The delegation of relatives of 10 martyrs had just concluded a six-day visit to the DPRK. During the trip, they paid tribute to the Chinese volunteer soldiers who died and were buried there.
The delegation included Liu Songlin, widow of Mao Anying, who was the son of late Chairman Mao Zedong, and family members of Huang Jiguang and Qiu Shaoyun, who were famous war heros.
This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Chinese People's Volunteer Army's entering the DPRK to fight the War to Resist U.S. Aggression and Aid Korea.