China holds exhibition on anti-Japanese invasion war victory

An exhibition opened here Tuesday to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the victory of the Chinese People's War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression.

Liu Yunshan, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, spoke at the opening ceremony. He said while documenting the historical event and remembering the fallen, the event was also a celebration of peace.

A total of 1,170 pictures and 2,834 artifacts are on show at the Museum of the War of Chinese People's Resistance against Japanese Aggression near Lugou Bridge, also known as Marco Polo Bridge.

Japan invaded northeast China in September 1931. However, historians agree that Japan's full-scale invasion began on July 7, 1937, when the bridge, a crucial access point to Beijing, was attacked by the Japanese.

The exhibition, "Great Victory, Historic Contribution", is also part of events in the run up to the 70th anniversary of the victory of the world anti-Fascist war, which will culminate in a parade on Sept. 3 in Beijing.

Liu said the exhibition showcased brave resistance in the face of invasion and the CPC's role as a corner stone in that endeavor.

Tremendous sacrifices were made by the Chinese people and the exhibition serves as a reminder that China was the major oriental battlefield in WWII, Liu said.

He said the exhibition would be a great resource for education on patriotism and the revolutionary tradition.

Liu urged all citizens to strive to achieve the Chinese Dream of great renewal of the Chinese nation, and promote peace and development.

About 1,500 people, including representatives of veterans and relatives of the fallen, attended the ceremony.

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