Why did Mao send his eldest son to fight in the Korean war – 毛泽东为何一定要送长子毛岸英参加抗美援朝? – English

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On 25th of June 1950, North Korea, supported by the Soviet Union, attacked South Korea without declaring a war. The three year long Korean War had begun. In October that year, the Chinese People’s Volunteer Army entered Korea to join the combat. On 19 October the eldest son of Mao Zedong and Yang Kaihui, Mao Anying, arrived in North Korea, appointed as a Russian translator and confidential secretary with the headquarters of the Volunteer Army.

On November 25,1950 during a US lead air strike Mao Anying sacrificed his life. He was only 28 years old. Having received the news of Mao Anying’s death, overwhelmed by intense grief Mao Zedong slowly said, “In wars there will be death! The price of revolutionary battles must be paid! For the cause of international communism against aggressors, the most outstanding sons and daughters of Chinese people formed a volunteer army and departed to the North Korean battle lines to fight the US and assist North Korea in defending the homeland, thus sacrificing lives of many excellent soldiers. Anying is only one of those thousands and thousands revolutionary martyrs, who sacrificed his young life for the cause of international communism. He fulfilled his duty as a member of the Communist Party. Don’t make a big deal out of his being my son.”

Why did Mao Zedong send his son Mao Anying to fight US and help North Korea?

Mao Zedong himself answered this question. In March 1951 Mao Zedong’s old friend Zhou Shizhao came to Beijing. During their meeting, when Zhou Shizhao brought up this topic, Mao Zhedong replied, “Of course, as you say, if I don’t send him to the North Korean battlefields, he cannot lose his life. It’s possible and it’s good. But if you think about it, I am the biggest advocate of sending our troops abroad, because this is a war of defending our country. I proposed this at the Politburo meeting and it was approved by the Central Committee of the Party. The decision was made to go to war, to fight US and help North Korea. I need people. Who will I send? Being the Chairman of the Central Committee of the Party, I am the leader. I have my own son and if I’m not sending him to the Korean War, to defend the homeland, then whose son will I send? Every human being has a heart. Everyone’s love for their son is special. If I’m not sending my son away, neither should other people send their sons. If I’m not sending my son away, others just like me, shouldn’t send their sons to the battlefield. What kind of leader would send other people’s sons to fight a war?”

This was the reason why Mao Zhedong insisted on Mao Anying to be sent to North Korea to fight in the Korean War.

People have not forgotten Mao Anying’s devotion to the motherland. On September 14, 2009 he was selected as one of the 100 most inspiring personalities since the founding of New China.

During his visit to North Korea on October 5, 2009, Wen Jiabao laid a bouquet of flowers at the grave of Mao Anying. He spoke at the statue of Mao Anying, “Comrade Anying, I represent the people of the motherland, paying a visit to you. Now our country is very powerful, people are happy. You can rest in peace.”

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