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War history calls for recognition of CPC-led China battlefield

Editor: Li Kun 丨CCTV.com

07-07-2015 17:19 BJT

By Gu Jianjun, post doctorate of Central Compilation and Translation Bureau

To know a smart way of governance, one should review history first; To conquer a nation, one should exterminate its history first.

In recent years, holding the banner of “academic reflection” and in the name of “restore and rewrite history”, historical nihilism deny the history and leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC), distort the history of China, and even randomly misrepresent the basic historical facts of China’s Resistance War Against Japanese Aggression. For example, they vigorously advocate the Kuomindang (KMT) and its role in the anti-Japanese war, and deny the role of CPC army and China’s position as oriental major battlefield, and even blatantly deny Nanking Massacre...

July 7 marks the 78th anniversary of the full-scale resistance war against Japanese invasion. On the occasion of the grand commemoration day for the whole nation, one should and must face up to two key historical issues and recognize the leadership of CPC: one is the mainstay role of the CPC; the other is the oriental main battlefield position of China during the world’s anti-fascist war.

The CPC is the mainstay against the Japanese invasion.

Firstly, on the occasion of the national crisis, the CPC adhere to national interest, shoulder the historical responsibility of saving the whole nation and appeal to the establishment of anti-Japanese national united front based on the cooperation between the CPC and KMT, in a bid to resist the Japanese invasion and expel Japanese out of China. The anti-Japanese national united front initiated and persisted by the CPC is the decisive force to support the long-term war and achieve the final victory. 

Secondly, considering the characteristics of anti-Japanese war, the CPC proposed the comprehensive line of resistance, protracted war strategy and many concrete policies, which are general political line and strategy in the anti-Japanese invasion, playing significant roles in the comprehensive and protracted resistance under the leadership of CPC. 

Lastly, CPC’s anti-Japanese army force went deep in the enemy’s rear, built base areas and carried out guerrilla wars. The battlefield behind enemy lines has effectively cooperated with the frontline battlefields. In April of 1945, Zhu De talked on the role of rear battlefield in the report On Battlefield of the Liberated Areas, “over the past seven and a half years of resistance, the Eighth Route Amy and New Fourth Army have participated in the war of over 115,000 times, defeated 1.36 million enemies, established anti-Japanese bases covering 19 provinces including North, Central and South China with a population of 95.5 million. The number of regular army increased to 910,000, and the number of militia reached 2.2 million. In this way, an unexpected battlefield emerged behind the Japanese invading army, firmly containing large amount of Japanese forces and preventing from Japanese’s expanding invasion. ”

In brief, CPC members showed prominent political leadership and military strategy in the war and played key role in the final victory. The CPC and its army are worthy the name of mainstay in the war. 

China battlefield is the oriental main battlefield in the world’s anti-fascist war.

Firstly, the Sino-Japanese war was the first to breakout and lasted the longest in World War II. The “September 8th Incident” in 1931 marks the beginning of China’s Resistance War against Japanese Invasion and unfolds the curtain of world’s anti-fascist war. The “July 7th Incident” marks the beginning of the full-scale national anti-Japanese war. China became the main battlefield against the Japanese fascist invasion and was also the oriental main battlefield of world’s anti-fascist war. When the European battlefield started, China had independently resisted against Japan for eight years. When the Pacific War broke out, China had resisted against Japan for more than ten years. China’s resistance war against Japanese invasion lasted 14 years.

Secondly, China battlefield had contained and defeated Japan’s main forces for a long term. Before the outbreak of Pacific War, China battlefield was the only battlefield to resist Japan fascist, containing about 80% of Japanese land forces. During the Pacific war, as the main battlefield against Japan, China resisted over half of Japanese land forces. More than 1.5 million Japanese soldiers were annihilated in the China battlefield, which played decisive role in wiping Japanese invaders out. 

Thirdly, the Sino-Japanese war supported the allies in strategy, coordinated strategic actions in the European battlefields and Pacific battlefields, and overset the attempt to cooperation between Japanese fascist and German fascist. It can be said that China’s resistance war against Japanese invasion shone the history with its remarkable achievement in the world’s anti-fascist war.

The victory of anti-Japanese war in 1945 has shown that there was no victory against Japanese invasion without CPC as the mainstay of Chinese people; there was no victory against world’s anti-fascist war without the stiff resistance of China as the oriental main battlefield. 



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