President Xi unveils anti-Japan war sculpture
                 English.news.cn | 2014-07-07 11:14:26 | Editor: Fu Peng

CHINA-BEIJING-XI JINPING-ANTI-JAPANESE WAR-77TH ANNIVERSARY(CN)

Chinese President Xi Jinping (C), who is also the general-secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, unveils a sculpture commemorating the start of China's War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression with veterans and children during a ceremony marking the 77th anniversary of the war in Beijing, capital of China, July 7, 2014. (Xinhua/Ju Peng)

BEIJING, July 7 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday unveiled a sculpture commemorating the start of China's War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression 77 years ago.

The sculpture, based on a military medal, was unveiled at the Museum of the War of the Chinese People's Resistance Against Japanese Aggression by Xi in the company of veteran Chinese soldiers who took part in the conflict, as well as Chinese teenagers.

"The inauguration of this sculpture commemorates those who devoted their lives to fighting for national independence and freedom as well as those who made great contribution to peace and justice, and to console the victims of the war," Xi said during the ceremony.

Japan invaded northeast China in September 1931. But historians agree that Japan's full-scale invasion started on July 7, 1937, when a crucial access point to Beijing, Lugou Bridge, was attacked by Japanese troops.

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