China orders schools to teach war against Japan 14 years long instead of eight years

Thursday 12 January 2017 4 months ago 81   Beijing   Print

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Report  Web desk : China has ordered all schools to teach pupils that its 20th-century war with Japan lasted 14 years rather than eight, the education ministry said on Wednesday, to strengthen patriotic education. Chinese textbooks currently date the Chinese People War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression to July 7, 1937 and the Marco Polo Bridge Incident which heralded Japan’s full-scale invasion. But new guidelines call for all curriculum materials at schools and universities across the country to push back the start to the Mukden Incident of Sept 18, 1931, after which Tokyo forces occupied Manchuria in north-eastern China. The initial years of Japanese regional occupation and the wider later struggle were parts of the same whole, the ministry said, adding that the change was intended to strengthen patriotic education. Beijing in 2015 commemorated the 70th anniversary of Japan Second World War defeat with a spectacular military parade in Beijing, with state media barely mentioning the roles of other allies or the US atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. 02