The Asian Age

China has a Na­tional Martyrs’ Day now

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Beijing, Sept. 1: Chi­nese legislator­s have ap­proved a na­tional day to com­mem­o­rate peo­ple who died in wars re­sist­ing for­eign in­vaders, state me­dia re­ported, at a time when Beijing re­mains at log­ger­heads with Tokyo over ter­ri­tory and his­tory.

The coun­try’s top leg­is­la­ture on Sun­day de­clared Septem­ber 30 as Martyrs’ Day, which will be marked “with events across the coun­try” ev­ery year, the of­fi­cial news agency Xin­hua said.

Beijing de­fines martyrs as “peo­ple who sac­ri­ficed their lives for na­tional in­de­pen­dence and pros­per­ity”.

“The move is aimed at pub­li­cis­ing martyrs’ achieve­ments and spir­its, and cul­ti­vat­ing pa­tri­o­tism, col­lec­tivism, and so­cial­ist moral­i­ties so as to con­sol­i­date the Chi­nese na­tion’s co­he­sive­ness,” Xin­hua added, cit­ing the Stand­ing Com­mit­tee of the Na­tional Peo­ple’s Congress, the coun­try’s rub­ber-stamp Par­lia­ment.

China’s rul­ing Com­mu­nist Party has long used na­tion­al­ism as part of its claim to a right to rule.

It stresses that un­der its lead­er­ship, which be­gan in 1949, China fi­nally over­came more than a cen­tury of hu­mil­i­a­tion by out­side pow­ers. — AFP

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