What Does the War Mean for China?

The Diplomatic Insight - - News -

In the morn­ing of Septem­ber 3, world at­ten­tion turned to Tianan­men Square, Bei­jing, cap­i­tal city of China. A grand cel­e­bra­tion, to­gether with a much-an­tic­i­pated mil­i­tary pa­rade was car­ried as punc­tual as peo­ple would ex­pect. Many ob­servers nat­u­rally as­so­ciate this event with cur­rent ten­sions in neigh­bor­ing ar­eas around China, es­pe­cially the in­creas­ing ver­bal hos­til­ity be­tween China and the US around South China Sea. Once again, China’s mil­i­tary bud­get in­crease, weaponry up­dat­ing, China’s as­sertive in­sin­u­ated dis­cus­sion on Pres­i­dent Xi over the mil­i­tary had taken over the blogs, com­ments and head­lines of ma­jor Western me­dia sto­ries, as the way they al­ways spec­u­lated. How­ever, be­sides the well trimmed goose-steps and for­eign troops, shin­ing new tanks and bal­lis­tic mis­siles, some true fea­tures of the show has been down­played. Ev­ery­one should be aware what it means of the num­ber ‘70’ formed by he­li­copters, that the loud­est ap­plause was given to the vet­er­ans in the very be­gin­ning of the pa­rade, and the ban­ners that speak out the glory of each march­past dur­ing that un­for­get­table pe­riod of war­fare. Every­thing in Tianan­men Square showed that it was an un­usual pa­rade. What was the role of China dur­ing WWII? What’s the mean­ing of the war to China? In what way is the war still af­fect­ing China? And How China’s war helped re­build­ing the post WWII world or­der we are ac­quainted to? threat­ened by the in­va­sion of the Axis Pow­ers. Af­ter the ‘Muk­den In­ci­dent’ on Sept 18, 1931, the Ja­panese army had taken Shenyang city by sur­prise and then oc­cu­pied the North­east­ern ter­ri­tory of China in the fol­low­ing 6 months. Six years later, in 1937, the full-scale war be­tween China and Ja­pan broke out. Till Septem­ber 1945, the Chi­nese has re­sisted the Ja­panese in­vaders for 14 years. With 5098 days (from Sept. 18, 1931 till Sept. 2, 1945) of heroic and bil­lions of dol­lars of ma­te­rial lost, China has en­gaged with the ma­jor­ity of Ja­panese land forces. Ja­pan has been forced to send re­place­ments over and over again in sav­ing the bogged down troops. The Chi­nese Theater thus con­sti­tuted the ma­jor bat­tle­ground not just for the lib­er­a­tion of the Far East, but also for the com­mon cause of world anti-Fas­cist en­deavor. More­over, this war has been given vi­tally im­por­tant for ig­nit­ing the most dra­matic zeal for all walks of life in sav­ing this coun­try. All of a sud­den, the sit­u­a­tion of war lordist un­con­for­mity dis­ap­peared from China, and ev­ery­one was united un­der the line: ji­uwang­tu­cun( save the coun­try and en­sure its sur­vival). Songhu (Shang­hai and its en­v­i­ron), Chi­nese sol­diers who speaks Man­darin, Can­tonese, and Hu­nan, Sichuan, Wu, Min, Zhe­jiang di­alects fought and

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