What’s Behind the CCP’s High-Profile Commemoration of Sino-Japanese War?
July 7 is the 77th anniversary of the Second Sino-Japanese
War, a war of resistance against Japan in China.
This year the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) shows
a high-profile attitude in commemorating the event.
A “National Memorial” website went online on June 6,
built by the Xinhua News Agency with sponsorship
from the Memorial Hall of the Nanjing Massacre.
Since the CCP has been covering up the truth of the
Second Sino-Japanese War, why such a high-profile
commemoration at the moment?
Let’s see what historians say about this.
The CCP media mouthpiece officially announced that,
in the morning of July 7, top party officials will visit
anti-Japanese memorials to commemorate the 77th anniversary
of the Second Sino-Japanese War.
CCTV, China Nation Radio (CNR) and many official
websites will broadcast the events live.
On July 7, 1937, the Lugou Bridge Incident erupted 6 years
after Japan’s invasion of Manchuria.
The incident marked Japan’s full scale invasion of China.
The war last until September 9, 1945 when Japan
The casualties of the Republic of China (ROC) army
were over 3.22 million, with the loss of 1.32 million.
Overall Chinese casualties were about 36 million.
In Nanjing alone, then capital of the ROC, about 300,000
civilians were killed in a massacre by Japanese troops.
After coming to power, the CCP had always criticized
the ROC for fake resistance against the Japanese,claiming
that the CCP were the main resistance force.
But according to historical record, 10 days after the Lugou
Bridge Incident, Chiang Kai-shek made his famous speech
“The Limit of China’s Endurance,"
in which he said “we can only sacrifice and fight to
the bitter end” as the Japanese challenged that limit.
During the following war against Japan, the ROC
lost 206 general-rank officers. In comparison,
the CCP only lost 2 of its general-rank officers.
Li Yuanhua, former associate professor at Capital Normal
University:”No matter what the CCP says in its propaganda,
it can offer no evidence of any real fight against the Japanese
in the main battlefield.
The truth is the CCP had been gathering strength for
usurpation in our national crisis.
It was always the Kuomintang that was fighting on the major
battlefront against the Japanese, and we see many
national heroes arising among them.”
Since the war ended, the CCP has never asked for
indemnity from Japan.
Even after the exposure of Unit 731’s live human
experimentation and Chinese comfort women’s stories,
the CCP still never formally requests any indemnity from Japan
for those crimes.
The question is then why does Beijing hold a high-profile
commemoration of the war now?
Li Yuanhua: “The CCP attempts to target ‘imaginary foreign
enemies’ such as the U.S. and Japan whenever it has
big troubles in China.
Japan is especially preferred as it historically invaded China.
The CCP uses nationalism to distract Chinese people, making
them only think about ‘enemies’ instead of
the Party’s own problems.
It tries to ‘solve problems’ by manipulating Chinese
people’s attention and sentiments”.
For days, Chinese media publish headline stories about
the war including how some Japanese soldiers had
intended to commit suicide due to war-weary feelings,
records of Japan troops slaughtering Chinese in Jilin,
and Japanese soldiers’ letters as evidence that Japan had
used chemical and biological weapons in China.
Liu Yinquan, former Chinese Professor of History:”The CCP
wants to distract our people.
When domestic problems become bad, the Party will
intentionally create tension with foreign countries
to ease the situation.
Currently many are seeking democracy in China and
Hong Kong people are fighting for universal suffrage.
Bombings and murders are also frequently seen lately.”
A Chinese history professor:”The letters were written by
the soldiers who participated in the battles in person.”
“These historical records prove that Japan sent military
forces, including the notorious Unit 731,
with biological weapons to use in the war”.
Liu Yinquan: “Those records must have been there
for a long time.
The CCP has intentionally hidden them as it is reluctant
to declare them.
Especially for traitors such as Jiang Zemin,
they are even more unwilling to do that.
I think the CCP will not make further moves on the issue
and probably it does that for propaganda purposes only.”
There are also records that former CCP leader Mao Zedong
7 times had “appreciated” Japan’s invasion of China.
The most famous one happened in September 1972 when
Japan’s Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka made apologies
for Japan’s invasion in his visit to China.
Mao immediately replied “I appreciate the Japanese army
for educating Chinese people”,
and even said “Without your help we would never
have been able to seize power.”
Interview & Edit/TangYin Post-Production/Li Zhiyuan