BEIJING, Feb. 28 (Xinhua) -- China's designation of two national days is a "timely and necessary" event to mark victory in the anti-Japanese war and to commemorate victims of the Nanjing Massacre, a spokesman said on Friday.
September 3 was set as Victory Day and Dec. 13 as Memorial Day, at the bi-monthly session of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), which ran from Tuesday to Thursday.
"Almost 70 years after the ending of World War II, some country and people have got amnesia on history," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said at a daily news briefing.
They attempt to overturn history, deny the Nanjing Massacre, and even visit the Yasukuni Shrine honoring Class-A war criminals. All those are alarming signs, Qin said.
Chinese people will never forget the great national sacrifice for the victory over Japanese aggression and the victims of the Nanjing Massacre, just as Pearl Harbor to the United States, D-Day landings to the Europeans, Auschwitz Concentration Camp to the Jews and the battle of Stalingrad in 1942 to the Russians, Qin said.
He also pointed out that even Japan, invader and surrender in the war, has so-called annual commemorations on Aug. 15. "China, as victim and victor, of course is legitimate to condole the victims and commemorate the victory against Japan."
On Dec. 13, 1937, Japanese invaders started a massacre in Nanjing, then China's capital city. More than 300,000 Chinese people lost their lives during 40 days.
In 1951, the Chinese government designated Sept. 3, the day after Japan officially signed the instrument of surrender in 1945, as the day of victory.