77th Anniversary of Marco Polo Bridge Incident, Chinese Reactions

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July 15, 2014 by Water Wisdom


A Chinese man about to be beheaded by Imperial Japanese soldiers.

The following four microblog posts by state broadcaster CCTV and state newspaperPeople’s Daily about today being the 77th anniversary of the July 7 Marco Polo Bridge Incident are among the top 10 most popular posts on microblogging platform Sina Weibo (at time of translation)…

From Sina Weibo:

@央视新闻: At This Moment, Please Pay Your Respects and Mourn Them! — 77 years ago today, the #July 7 Incident# exploded, a prologue to the total invasion of China by Japan. The Japanese army once boasted that they would “destroy China in three months” In the War of Resistance Against Japan, amidst the arson, killing, rape, and plundering of the Japanese, over 35 million Chinese soldiers and civilians died, but never for a moment did Chinese people give up on resisting! At this moment, no matter where you are, let us pay our respects to and mourn the Chinese soldiers and civilians who sacrificed their lives, and forward/reshare them! Never forget our national humiliation [the humiliation of our nation]!


From Sina Weibo:

@人民日报: July 7, a Memorial Day Not To Be Forgotten — Today is the 77th anniversary of the July 7 Incident [Marco Polo Bridge Incident]. 77 years ago today, in 1937 July 7, the sound of gunfire on the Lugou Bridge was the prologue to the War of Resistance Against Japan [Second Sino-Japanese War]. Through eight years of bloody struggle, over 35 million Chinese soldiers and civilians perished. The smoke from Lugou Bridge has already dispersed, but the blood and tears of national humiliation cannot be forgotten. Today, on the #War of Resistance Against Japan Memorial Day#, light a 蜡烛, and remember our fallen compatriots. Never forget!


From Sina Weibo:

@央视新闻: Support and Forward — ① China has already applied for comfort women and the Nanjing Massacre [documents] to be included in the Memory of the World Programme. ② The son of a Japanese soldier who participated in the Invasion of China War expressed that the Japanese government should construct a memorial museum for the Nanjing Massacre. ③ Hollywood German director Chris D. Nebe used a documentary to clearly explain how the Diaoyu Islands are China’s. ④ Japanese female director Tamaki Matsuoka filmed a Nanjing Massacre documentary [Torn Memories of Nanjing]: from conscience and responsibility… On today’s #July 7 Incident# memorial day, support these, and please forward this!


From Sina Weibo:

@人民日报: #War of Resistance Against Japan Memorial Day# These Numbers Should Be Remembered By Every One of Our Countrymen — During Japan’s invasion of China, over half of China was trampled under by the Japanese military. Over 930 cities were occupied; over 42 million refugees became homeless; over 35 million Chinese soldiers and civilians died. Among the over 40,000 Chinese laborers forced to go to Japan, nearly 7000 died in Japan; the Japanese army plundered over 33.5 million tons of steel, 586 million tons of coal… Today, on the 77th anniversary of the start of the national War of Resistance Against Japan, review history, and never forget!


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