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China plays a crucial role in the World Anti-Fascist War

Editor: Li Kun 丨CCTV.com

08-31-2015 16:40 BJT

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

2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the victory in the Chinese people’s War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression and the World Anti-Fascist War. Nevertheless, Some Westerners claim that China’s efforts were insignificant in the war. However, the Chinese nation had paid a huge sacrifice to defeat Japan.

China was the first country to fight against fascist aggression

The Chinese people held the banner of justice against fascist aggression at an early stage, firing the first shot and becoming the first large-scale anti-fascist battlefield. The "918 Incident" in 1931 was the starting point of the World Anti-Fascist War.

The Lugouqiao Bridge Incident launched the Chinese nation’s full-scale war of resistance against Japanese aggression. When battles in Europe broke out in 1939, China had already been fighting against the Japanese aggression for eight years and had continued fighting against for a few more years before the Pacific War broke out.

The war had lasted for 14 years. However, the war in Europe had lasted for five years, while the duration of the Pacific war was around four years.

China, the main battlefield of the Asia Anti-Fascist War

During the war, the Chinese army had defeated and pinned down more than two thirds of total Japanese forces. Nevertheless, Japanese invaders had threw over ninety percent of total ground forces and large parts of other branches of troops into the Chinese battlefield.

They aimed to subjugate China in one fell swoop, but the brave and unyielding Chinese people had fought tenaciously.

After the Pacific War broke out, the China was still the main battlefield against the Japanese. There had been 22 large-scale battles, around 220 other battles, and nearly 20 million combatants in action. More than 1.5 million Japanese troops were wiped out, accounting for 70 percent of Japanese casualties in World War II.

China effectively restricted Japanese aggression

The Chinese Army supported the allies through coordinated actions. The Chinese people's heroic resistance forced the Japanese to abandon a northward stratagem, which created conditions for the Soviet Union to avoid fighting on two fronts. Secondly, the Chinese delayed the Japanese southward stratagem.

The Chinese people's heroic resistance had avoided the dangers of transferring China to a rear base for Japan, and China could offer direct supports for the allies. During the Great Patriotic War of the Soviet Union, despite difficult conditions, the Chinese people continued to export minerals and agricultural products to the Soviet Union.

After the Pacific War erupted, China offered strategic materials for the United States and other allied troops, as well as providing land for an allies’ air force base that was used to launch counterattacks against Japanese troops.

In 1942, China still deployed an Expeditionary Force composed of 100,000 soldiers towards Burma and gave emergent support for the British army.

The strategy of "Asia Prior to Europe" proposed by the USA and the UK could not have been implemented without strong resistance in the Chinese battlefield and a heavy blow to the Japanese invaders. Meanwhile, a complete victory could not have been achieved without the Chinese efforts.

Chinese People remain fearless against foreign provocations; they resist aggressions for the heroic struggle of independence. Their great feats have drawn an epic and glorious chapter in the history of the World Anti-Fascist War. They had also made immortal contributions for the cause of human progress and development for the world’s civilization.


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