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Remains of 109 Chinese soldiers killed in Korean War returned

Updated:2021-09-03 18:13:22   Xinhua

The remains of 109 Chinese soldiers killed in the 1950-53 Korean War were returned to China on Sept. 2 from the Republic of Korea (ROK).

Escorted by two Chinese fighter jets, an air force plane carrying the remains and belongings of the fallen soldiers landed at the Taoxian International Airport in Shenyang, capital of northeast China's Liaoning Province, at 11:26 a.m.

It is the eighth such repatriation following a handover agreement signed by the two countries.

The 109 soldiers' remains and 1,226 related relics were excavated from six regions in South Korea between 2019 and 2020, according to the South Korean defense ministry.

Earlier on Thursday, a repatriation ceremony was held at Incheon International Airport.

China and South Korea have jointly carried out the handover of remains of the Chinese People's Volunteers martyrs in South Korea for eight consecutive years.

In the previous seven repatriations, South Korea returned the remains of 716 Chinese People's Volunteers martyrs killed in the Korean War.

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