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Chinese Premier Visits Auschwitz, Commemorates Six Million

The Chinese Premier placed a floral wreath in China's national colors at the foot of the "wall of death,” to commemorate the six million.
By Rachel Hirshfeld
First Publish: 4/29/2012, 10:22 AM

China's Prime Minister Wen Jiabao in Auschwitz
China's Prime Minister Wen Jiabao in Auschwitz
Reuters

Chinese Premier Wen Jiaboa visited Auschwitz on Friday to honor six million Jews who were murdered during the Holocaust, AFP reported.

Leading a Chinese delegation, Wen walked through the camp's notorious "Arbeit macht frei" (Work will set you free) gate before visiting the remainder of the site including its gas chambers and crematoria. 

The Chinese Premier then placed a floral wreath in China's national colors at the foot of the infamous "wall of death” to commemorate the six million.

"The tragedy of Auschwitz, is the tragedy of the entire human race," Wen said following the visit. "This history teaches us that we must oppose war, discrimination and crimes, to protect liberty, security, happiness and human dignity."

The final "private" day of his landmark three-day visit to Poland, focused mainly on developing Chinese trade and investment in Central and Eastern Europe. Wen also visit Poland's southern city of Krakow.

Israel and China celebrated the 20th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries at a banquet ceremony in Beijing on Friday.

“I’m honored today to reaffirm our country’s commitment to working with the Chinese government and people to help fulfill the potential on division of our friendship and partnership,” said Amos Nadal, Israel’s ambassador to China, who addressed the ceremony.

More than one hundred officials from both countries, as well as business and media representatives, attended the ceremony.