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No one can change history, says President Xi

By Xinhua

 No one can change history, says President Xi
President Xi Jinping delivers a speech at a memorial ceremony marking the 77th anniversary of the start of the War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression, which lasted from 1937 until 1945, outside the Museum of the War of Chinese People's Resistance Against Japanese Aggression in Fengtai district, Beijing on Monday.  (Photo / CCTV's official Sina Weibo account)

BEIJING - President Xi Jinping said Monday that history and facts can never be changed while attending a ceremony commemorating the start of the war of resistance against Japanese aggression.

"History is history and facts are facts. Nobody can change history and facts. Anyone who intends to deny, distort or beautify history will not find agreement among Chinese people and people of all other countries," Xi said, referring to concern that Japan is trying to distort its aggression history.

"Unfortunately, nearly 70 years after the victory of the Chinese war of resistance against Japanese aggression and the anti-Fascist war, there is still a minority group of people who ignore historical facts, who ignore the tens of thousands of lives lost in the war, who go against the tide of history and deny and even beautify the history of aggression and harm international mutual trust and create regional tension,'' Xi said at a ceremony at the Lugou Bridge, called the Marco Polo Bridge in the 1930s, in suburban Beijing.

Xi unveiled a new commemorative sculpture based on a military medal at the Museum of the War of the Chinese People's Resistance Against Japanese Aggression, according to the official Xinhua News Agency.

In 1937, Japanese forces that had been in China's northeast since 1905 provoked a clash with Chinese soldiers by trying to enter the city of Wanping near Beijing. The fighting is regarded as the first battle of the second Sino-Japanese war, which lasted until Japan's defeat by the Allies in 1945.

Last week, China posted documents online that were personal accounts of wartime atrocities committed by Japanese in China.

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