What Does the War Mean for China?
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