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President Xi attends exhibition marks 78th anniv. of Lugou Bridge Incident

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07-08-2015 10:52 BJT

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Tuesday marked the 78th anniversary of the July 7th Incident, also known as the Lugou Bridge Incident. It was the start of Japan's full-scale invasion of China, and the beginning of China’s War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression in 1937.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has attended an exhibition on the war near the bridge. 

Top Communist Party of China (CPC) and state leaders Xi Jinping (2nd L), Li Keqiang (R), Zhang Dejiang (L) and Yu Zhengsheng (2nd R) visit the "Great Victory, Historic Contribution" exhibition commemorating the 70th anniversary of the victory of the Chinese People

Top Communist Party of China (CPC) and state leaders Xi Jinping (2nd L), Li Keqiang (R), Zhang Dejiang (L) and Yu Zhengsheng (2nd R) visit the "Great Victory, Historic Contribution" exhibition commemorating the 70th anniversary of the victory of the Chinese People's War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression, at the Museum of the War of Chinese People's Resistance against Japanese Aggression near Lugou Bridge, also known as Marco Polo Bridge, in Beijing, China, July 7, 2015. Top CPC and state leaders Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, Zhang Dejiang, Yu Zhengsheng, Liu Yunshan, Wang Qishan and Zhang Gaoli visited the exhibition here on Tuesday. (Xinhua/Lan Hongguang)

The exhibition, themed "Great Victory, Historic Contribution", featured over 11 hundred pictures and nearly three thousand artifacts, illustrating Chinese people's bitter journey towards victory. Japan invaded northeast China in 1931.

However, historians agree that Japan's full-scale invasion began on July 7, 1937, when the Lugou bridge, a crucial access point to Beijing, was attacked by Japanese troops. President Xi urges people to learn from history.

"We need the national spirit demonstrated during the war, in China's reform and opening-up, as well as in achieving the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation. We should remember history to create the future. We should not forget history. Forgetting means betrayal. This kind of exhibition is very educating," Xi said.

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