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Document for establishing int'l order after WWII


07-26-2014 10:57 BJT

Saturday marks the 69th anniversary of the issuing of the Potsdam Proclamation. The Potsdam Proclamation was issued on July 26, 1945 by the United States, Britain and China. It called for the surrender of all Japanese armed forces after Nazi Germany was defeated during World War II. 

It stated that, if Japan did not surrender, it would face "prompt and utter destruction." The declaration is viewed as an ultimatum posed to the forces of fascism and an important document which helped establish international order after World War II. On August 15, 1945, the Japanese government accepted the proclamation and surrendered.

"As I understand it, the declaration requires that Japan would abandon all its conquests that it made in China.... Japan would become a demilitarized country," Terry Charman, Snr. historian at London Imperial War Museum said.

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