Remains of 117 Chinese soldiers killed in Korean War returned
Published: 03:48 PM, 27 September 2020
Chinese soldiers fought on the North Korean side against US-led forces in the South during the war
The remains of 117 Chinese soldiers, who died in the 1950-53 Korean War, were returned to China on Sunday from South Korea.
China's state-run press agency Xinhua reported that an air force plane - escorted by two Chinese fighter jets - carrying the remains and belongings of the fallen soldiers landed at the Taoxian international airport in Shenyang, capital of northeast Liaoning Province, at 11:18 am (local time).
Earlier, South Korea handed over the remains at a ceremony at Incheon airport outside Seoul.
It is the seventh such repatriation following a handover agreement signed by the two countries.
The remains will be buried in a martyrs' cemetery in Shenyang, with a burial ceremony due to be held Monday. The remains of 599 soldiers sent back from South Korea have been buried there between 2014 and 2019.
The Chinese soldiers fought on the North Korean side against US-led forces in the South during the war on the Korean Peninsula between 1950 and 1953.