Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) grants medals to 30 Chinese and foreign veterans and civilians who fought for China in the Chinese People's War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, Sept. 2, 2015. Some of the late veterans were represented by their relatives. (Xinhua/Lan Hongguang)
BEIJING, Sept. 3 (Xinhua) -- China is to hold a grand parade here Thursday to mark the 70th anniversary of its victory in the Chinese People's War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression.
As the main theater of the World Anti-Fascist War in the East, China made great contributions and sacrifices to the final triumph of justice over evil during that dark chapter of human history.
Here is a quick look of China's contributions and sacrifices in figures.
1 million -- Since the July 7 Incident in 1937, when full-scale war against Japanese aggression broke out, the Chinese battlefield tied up about 1 million Japanese troops, or two thirds of the total Japanese army.
This allowed the Soviet Union to deploy more than half a million troops from the Far East to the country's major battlefield with the German Nazis, thus accelerating its victory against Germany.
1.5 million -- As the major battlefield of the Pacific War, China inflicted heavy casualties on the Japanese aggressors, costing them 1.5 million troops, which makes up more than 70 percent of total Japanese military casualties in the war.
File photo taken on Sept. 2, 1945 shows Japan's surrender ceremony aboard the United States Navy battleship USS Missouri anchored in Tokyo Bay. (Xinhua Photo)
1.28 million -- After the war, more than 1.28 million Japanese troops surrendered their weapons to China, accounting for about 50 percent of those who surrendered overseas.
35 million -- China was one of the crucial fighters in WWII and made tremendous sacrifices during the war. According to incomplete statistics, Chinese military and civilian casualties added up to approximately 35 million.
That accounts for one third of the total casualties suffered by all countries during WWII.
100,000 -- To assist Britain's fight against Japan in Burma, now known as Myanmar, China sent out an expeditionary force of over 100,000 in 1942. In nearly six months, the Chinese troops marched over 1,500 km while engaging the Japanese army.
125,000 -- In the eight-year counter-Japanese war, the Eighth Route Army, the New Fourth Army and the Southern China People's Guerrilla Forces, three important Chinese forces, engaged the enemy over 125,000 times.
They eliminated more than 527,000 Japanese troops and seized more than 690,000 guns and rifles.
People visit a newly-opened museum about Japanese Army Unit 731 wartime atrocities in Harbin, capital of northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, Aug. 15, 2015. Unit 731 was a biological and chemical warfare research base established in 1935. At least 3,000 people died at the base between 1939 and 1945, mostly in experiments for the development of biological weapons. (Xinhua/Wang Song)