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China releases list of Japan war commemorative sites
September 1, 2014, 8:01 am

 Sun Yuanxin, who is a surviving forced miner working for Japan during the World War II, looks at the remains of miners at a museum of Liaoyuan miners' tomb during Japanese occupation in Liaoyuan, northeast China's Jilin Province, Aug. 28, 2014  [xinhua]

Sun Yuanxin, who is a surviving forced miner working for Japan during the World War II, looks at the remains of miners at a museum of Liaoyuan miners’ tomb during Japanese occupation in Liaoyuan, northeast China’s Jilin Province, Aug. 28, 2014 [xinhua]

China’s State Council on Monday released a list of 80 state facilities and sites commemorating the war with Japan ahead of the 69th anniversary of the country’s victory over Japan, which falls on September 3.

Lugou Bridge in Beijing and the Memorial Hall for the Victims of the Nanjing Massacre are on the list, the first of its kind, according to a circular issued on Monday by the State Council.

The conflict, commonly known in China as the War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression, led to the death of some 20 million Chinese, according to Beijing’s estimates. It ended with Tokyo’s World War II defeat in 1945.

Chinese President Xi Jinping had earlier in July this year condemned those who “ignore the iron facts of history” in a jab at Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Abe’s visit in December to the controversial Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo that memorialises Japan’s war dead, along with convicted World War II criminals angered both China and South Korea.

“The Yasukuni Shrine is a symbol and spiritual tool of Japanese militarism,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said in a statement last month after Abe sent offerings to the shrine again.

Japan has also recently announced a reinterpretation of its pacifist constitution, by ending a ban that has kept the Japanese military from fighting abroad.

 

TBP and Agencies

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