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Victory parade


Troop cuts signal path of peaceful development

The announcement by President Xi Jinping to cut troops by 300,000 proves the nation's resolve to stick to the path of peaceful development.

Commemorative tributes


A Chinese theater reboot of a wartime classic

The 1972 film Walter Defends Sarajevo was a major blockbuster during its time, viewed by 300 million people all over the world. While it was well received in Bosnia and Sarajevo, it actually owed much of its success to, oddly enough, movie-goers in China.


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Remembering the past

The unforgettable sanctuary

Jews who took refuge in Shanghai during World War II return to share their stories at the re-opening of an iconic coffee house.

Video: Historic montage of military parades

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. Countries around the world will commemorate the event with their own celebrations.

A war of words

As China fought for its life during the Japanese occupation and World War II, Ye Junjian, a Chinese professor of English literature, joined the fray, but his battleground was Europe, not China, and his weapon was the spoken word, not the gun.

Collection of 4,000 World War II relics in Kunming

Song Xiangdong, a collector in Kunming, capital of Southwest China's Yunnan province, has spent over a decade visiting witnesses to World War II and looking for battlefield remains to explore the imprint of the War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression (1937-45) in Yunnan.

Chinese laborers risk lives building airports for Allies

The Chinese people built and maintained dozens of airports during World War II, providing for a massive airlift of fuel and supplies for Allied forces and serving as a crucial base to oppose Japanese aerial bombardments in the Asia-Pacific region.

Soviet pilot who risked his own life to help China

A Soviet pilot, nicknamed aerial tank, helped China shoot down 7 Japanese aircraft during the War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression.

'Comfort women' still waiting for apology

Women raped during wartime in Hainan province are still awaiting an apology from Japan, even though most of them are now in their 80s.

Soviet captain helped China fight against Japan's invasion

A Soviet soldier died a martyr's death in southwestern China’s Chongqing having devoted himself to the Chinese People's War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression.

Japan should apologize to victims for aggression

Japan's former prime minister Yukio Hatoyama said he expected current Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to face up to history, admit Japan's aggression and apologize to the victims during his statement marking the 70th anniversary of the end of the World War II.

Chinese villagers helped save US pilots during WWII

Chinese residents helped the American pilots selflessly after realizing they were friends, not enemies and left many moving stories worth telling.

Beaten, but not broken

In November 1941, 2,000 young Canadian soldiers crossed the Pacific Ocean and landed in Hong Kong to fight the Japanese army, which was occupying the then-British Crown Colony. More than 500 of them never returned home.

Child soldier's memories of WWII passed down

As a youngster 77 years ago, Xiao Jianghe led a group of children who patrolled major roads into his village to ensure the security of the well-known Eighth Route Army, a crucial force in the fight against the aggression of Japanese troops in North China.

China a forgotten WWII ally: historian

China deserves more respect abroad for its role resisting fascism during World War II, a Chinese historian has said, as the country marks the 70th anniversary of the end of the war.

Emission limits to ensure blue sky

Beijing will take a series of measures to reduce the emission of air pollutants for 15 days to guarantee blue skies for the military parade.


Honoring a hidden army in NE China during WWII

One of the oldest surviving veterans of the communist-led guerrilla force recalls her days fighting a hit-and-run campaign.

Dai Anlan recognized by enemy and honored by Allies

Dai Anlan, a prominent KMT Lieutenant-General and commander of the renowned 200th Division, was recognized even by his enemy and remembered and honored as a role model serviceman by the Allied forces.

The spy who saved the Soviets

Yan Baohang, a wartime secret agent who is best remembered for an intervention that helped to bring Japan's occupation of China to an end.

Chinese heroes in the Soviet Union's Great Patriotic War

China and the Soviet Union were firm allies in the war against fascism and militarism, forming a bond forged with blood and sacrifice in World War II. Many Chinese devoted themselves to the battle against the German fascists at crucial, difficult times in the Soviet Union's Great Patriotic War.

Chinese city salutes a very British hero with a statue

Scottish missionary and Olympic gold medallist Eric Liddell died in the Weihsien Japanese internment camp in Weifang in February 1945 and is revered by many local Chinese as a hero.

US pilot is remembered in book and documentary

A documentary and a book in Chinese recounting the exploits of a US fighter pilot who parachuted to safety in Hong Kong after shooting down a Japanese warplane during World War II will ensure that his heroic deeds are not lost to posterity.

Comfort women: Scars have not been healed

"Comfort women" is the Japanese euphemism for women who were forced into prostitution and sexually abused at Japanese military brothels before and during World War Two.

Dwindling band of brothers still carry memories of WWII

Seventy years on, only a handful of Chinese combatants are still alive, and although most are now age 90 or older, their memories of the conflict are still vivid.

Country salutes veterans of anti-Japanese aggression war

China announces a one-off allowance of $790 to be paid to the war veterans ahead of the 70th anniversary of the end of the WWII.

Cameras and carbines capture life during wartime

During World War II, a team of US army photographers spent two years recording the everyday lives and struggles of people living in and around the China-Burma-India Theater, which saw some of the fiercest action of the war in the Pacific.

Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei to bring 'APEC blue' back for parade

Beijing, along with Tianjin and Hebei province, are bonding together to improve the air quality for the September military parade.

Residents remember foreign saviors in the city of refuge

They ran into the night as the bombs continued to fall, the rattle of machine gun fire drawing closer as they made for the last train and their last chance of escape.

The massacre that lit the flame of resistance

As the only living survivor of a notorious wartime massacre in China, Fan Yuexiang, is always willing to tell people about her desperate experiences during four days of slaughter in Meihua, a town in Shijiazhuang, Hebei province.

Chinese veterans recall fierce fighting in WWII

The bloody experience of war is engraved in the memories of Chinese veterans, who attended the War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression.

'Operation duck' and the student savior

A Chinese scholar was part of a US team that liberated a Japanese internment camp in East China, freeing more than 2,000 expat civilians.


Rare tales of war

It is intriguingly how the foreign concessions in Shanghai were somewhat stuck in a time warp during the Japanese invasion of China in 1937. While buildings were decimated and bodies were strewn all over the streets after the Battle of Songhu in Shanghai, which ended in December 1937, life in these expatriate quarters was largely unaffected.

Hong Kong recalls the darkest days of war

Survivors of the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong have never forgotten the grim struggle for survival from 1941 to 1945.

Born in captivity, raised in freedom

On the eve of the 70th anniversary of Hong Kong's liberation from Japanese occupation, Dennis Clarke and George Cautherley revisited Stanley Internment Camp where their lives began.

Scholars protected nation's wartime education

Over eight years in Hunan and Yunnan provinces, Chinese masters in all subjects gathered at NSAU, producing two future Nobel Prize laureates and eight scientists who were to work on the atomic bomb.

Finding a family in fog of war

Thousands of former 'war orphans', Chinese-born Japanese children left behind when their parents returned to Japan in 1945, have spent their lives attempting to find their true antecedents.

From Japanese soldier to Chinese hero

Hirosumi Kobayashi was thrilled to showoff his invitation to the ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of China's victory in the War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression.

The beginning of the end

The victory in Tengchong, Yunnan province, was anything but easy. Chinese and Japanese armies engaged more than 40 times in 127 days.

Ye Shaoyin: Offstage hero of Normandy landing

The famous Normandy landing in northern France on June 6, 1944 by the Allies was only made possible with the innovation of Chinese engineer Ye Shaoyin, who improved a vacuum tube used for surface-to-air communication that helped coordinate the landing.

China a forgotten WWII ally: historian

China deserves more respect abroad for its role resisting fascism during World War II, a Chinese historian has said, as the country marks the 70th anniversary of the end of the war.

Flying Tigers show in NY

An exhibition about beautiful Yunnan and the Flying Tigers provides a boost to cultural exchange between China and America, and helps us remember the days when American volunteers helped China flight the Japanese invaders, said a senior official of the Chinese Consulate General in New York on Sunday.

Mitsubishi apology hopes rise

Relatives of Chinese victims of forced labor are hoping to receive a formal apology and compensation from Japanese industrial giant Mitsubishi Materials after an announcement by the company on Wednesday.

Mitsubishi to compensate forced Chinese laborers

Mitsubishi Materials will apologize to forced Chinese workers during WWII and give $16,100 for each of them and their relatives.

'Comfort woman' believed Japan owed her an apology

Zhou Fengying, who had served as Japan's wartime sex slaves, believed until drawing her final breath that the Japanese owed her an apology.

Japanese war orphans visit graves of adoptive parents

A group of 54 Japanese citizens paid a visit to the graves of their adoptive Chinese parents in Northeast China's Heilongjiang province.

War veterans recall fighting stories against Japan invasion

China Daily reporter Liu Mengyang visited some World War II veterans and listened to their stories of fighting against Japanese invasion.