HONG KONG—Chinese leader Xi Jinping delivered a speech brimming with nationalistic triumph to commemorate his country’s entry into the Korean War, in a thinly veiled display of defiance against perceived bullying by the U.S. Marking the 70th anniversary of Chinese troops joining a beleaguered North Korea to fight off U.S. -led forces, Mr. Xi on Friday called on Chinese people to emulate their forebears’ patriotism and resolve in combating present-day threats to China’s interests posed by foreign aggressors. The “War to Resist U.S. Aggression and Aid Korea,” as it is known in China, “let the world know that the Chinese people are now organized and aren’t to be trifled with,” Mr. Xi said at a nationally televised ceremony held in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People, quoting Mao Zedong’s remarks at a 1953 leadership meeting. Once provoked, things will get ugly,” Mr. Xi said, drawing loud applause from the audience. Although Mr. Xi didn’t mention current tensions with Washington, his speech was overtly about standing up to the U.S. , said John Delury, a professor of Chinese studies at Yonsei University in Seoul. […] More recently, Mr. Xi, as China’s vice president and leader-in-waiting, delivered a speech in 2010 to mark the 60th anniversary of Chinese involvement in the conflict.
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