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World War I Chinese laborers thanked

By Nigel Collett | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2018-09-03 09:45
The Tribute - St Etienne-au-Mont, 9 August 2018. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

While they are not widely known, the Chinese laborers who served in the First World War are nowadays becoming a subject of both study and commemoration. In November 2017, in the village of Busseboom, just outside Poperinge in Belgium, Chinese Ambassador Qu Xing unveiled a monument to the Chinese laborers who died in the war. A bronze statue depicts three laborers carrying shells, digging trenches and evacuating wounded soldiers. A smaller figure in stone depicts one of 13 men killed in an air attack on their camp in the village nearby.

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