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Tuesday, July 7, 2015, 21:48

Exhibition opens to mark V-Day

By Agencies

Exhibition opens to mark V-Day
Lugou Bridge in Beijing, June 12, 2015. On the night of July 7, 1937, Japanese troops stationed near Lugou Bridge in the southwest of Beijing demanded entry to nearby Wanping city on the pretext of searching for a missing soldier. The Chinese military rejected the order and the Japanese bombed the county seat and Lugou Bridge. Historians agree that the attack signaled the beginning of Japan's full-scale invasion of China, though Japan had invaded the Northeast in Sept 1931. Tuesday marks the 78th anniversary of the beginning of China's eight-year War of Resistance aga inst Japanese Aggression. (Photo / Xinhua)

BEIJING - China has opened an exhibition commemorating the World War II victory over Japan to mark the observance of the 70th anniversary of the war's end in Asia.

Soldiers and children stood in silence Tuesday outside the museum in suburban Beijing at the opening of the "Great Victory and Historical Contribution" exhibition. It's the 78th anniversary of the Lugou Bridge Incident, considered by many to be the start of China's war with Japan.

President Xi Jinping stressed that history should always be remembered, and world peace safeguarded, when he visited the exihibition Tuesday.

The Communist Party of China's leader for Propaganda and Ideology Leading Group Liu Yunshan said at the exhibition opening that it displays "the bravery of all Chinese people in the anti-Japanese war."

He said the exhibition, which uses photos and relics, "demonstrates the bravery of all Chinese people in this anti-Japanese war and the critical role played by the Chinese Communist Party." It also serves as "an excellent platform for patriotic education," he added.

In September, China will hold a military parade to mark the anniversary of the end of the war in Asia.

On Monday, culture officials announced that "to increase patriotism," 183 war-themed concerts, operas and other performances would be staged over the next two months, along with the screening of new movies, TV series, documentaries and cartoons.

Exhibition opens to mark V-Day
Visitors to the Museum of the War of Chinese People's Resistance Against Japanese Aggression look at the weapons used by the Japanese army during World War II, in Beijing , July 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

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