The 70th anniversary of the War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression
will be marked by a symposium at the theme museum in Beijing today.
More than 70 scholars from across the Taiwan Straits will participate in
in-depth discussions on the historic role of the War of Resistance against
Japanese Aggression and the national spirit during wartime.
On July 7, 1937,
invading Japanese forces attacked Marco Polo Bridge to enter Wanping County in
southwest Beijing. The Chinese defended the bridge with their lives. The day
marked the beginning of Japan's all-out aggression against China and the
eight-year War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression.
A series of commemorative activities, including workshops and exhibitions,
have been planned this year to mark the 70th anniversary of the incident.
The infamous Nanjing Massacre, during which about 300,000 Chinese were
brutally killed and thousands of women were raped and tortured by the Japanese
army also took place 70 years ago.
A two-day seminar, organized by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, ended
in Beijing yesterday. Thirty-five articles dealing with almost every social
aspect of the War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression were submitted at
Director of the academy's Institute of Modern History Bu Ping said the papers
offer new clues for the further studies on the period and will help in taking
forward the research in Sino-Japanese history.
China hopes Sino-Japanese ties to move in the right direction by "taking
history as a mirror and looking to the future".
"The reason why we choose not to forget the past is to cherish the hard-won
peace and happy life and work for a better future," Foreign Ministry spokesman
Qin Gang told a regular press briefing on Tuesday.
He urged Japan to handle the history issues properly and maintain the
momentum of Sino-Japanese ties' development.
In a disturbing development, the granddaughter of Japanese wartime prime
minister Hideki Tojo said on Tuesday that if she won the parliamentary election
later this month, she would push to strengthen the country's military and
rewrite the history of the Nanjing Massacre.
Contesting as an independent, Yuko Tojo is seeking a seat in the upper house
of Parliament. Her candidacy has drawn attention because of her family
(China Daily 07/06/2007 page2)