BEIJING, Sept. 18 (Xinhua) -- The People's Daily, the nation's leading newspaper, published the editorial "Never Forget National Humiliation, Join up for National Rejuvenation" on Sunday, in memory of the September 18 Incident in 1931, a major event in Japanese troops' invasion of China.
On Sept. 18, 1931, Japanese troops blew up a section of the railway under its control near Shenyang, then accused Chinese troops of sabotage as a pretext and bombarded the barracks of the Chinese troops near Shenyang the same evening, thus starting a large-scale armed invasion of northeast China.
Four months later, Japanese troops occupied 1.28 million kilometers of Chinese territory in northeast China, 3.5 times the land mass of the whole of Japan.
The incident was followed by Japan's full-scale invasion of China and the rest of Asia, and triggered a 14-year war of resistance against Japanese aggression.
The editorial recalls the efforts made by the Communist Party of China (CPC) in uniting all patriotic forces in the country to resist Japanese aggression, and hails the final victory of the Chinese people.
The editorial concludes that China's goal for the great national rejuvenation relies on the solidarity of the people and the strong leadership of the CPC. It urges all circles in China to unite and form a "powerful, resultant force" that is necessary for achieving the national rejuvenation.
A series of official or non-official memorial activities were held nationwide Sunday to mark the historical event, and sirens sounded in a number of domestic cities in the morning, reminding people to remember the humiliating day.