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China to set anti-Japanese war victory day

China's top legislature is considering designating September 3 as Victory Day of the Chinese People's War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression.

The draft decision will be discussed at the bi-monthly session of the Standing Committee of the National People's (NPC) Congress which runs from Tuesday through Thursday.

"The day must be set through legislative procedures to reflect the will of the Chinese people and remind us of the need to remember history, cherish peace and create a better future," said Li Shishi, director of the Legislative Affairs Commission of the NPC Standing Committee, while reporting to the legislative body.

The war against Japanese aggression was the first in modern history in which China won complete victory over foreign aggressors and an important part of the World Anti-Fascist War, Li said.

In recent years, lawmakers, political advisors and people from all walks of life have repeatedly proposed designating a day to mark the victory and institutionalizing national ceremonies of commemoration.

The draft decision to set the day was made to better commemorate heroic martyrs in the war and all the people who contributed victory in the conflict and to recall the arduous resistance against Japanese militarists' aggression, according to Li.

The draft decision was also aimed at displaying the important role of the Chinese people's anti-Japanese war in the entire World Anti-Fascist War and expressing China's stance of safeguarding national sovereignty, territorial solidarity and world peace, he said.

The official added that it is also intended to carry forward national spirit with its core of patriotism and inspire the drive to realize the Chinese dream of national rejuvenation.

[Source: Xinhua, Beijing, 25Feb14]

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