The State Council released a list of 80 state-level anti-Japanese war memorials and historical sites on September 3 when the country commemorated the 75th anniversary of the victory of the Chinese People’s War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression and the World Anti-Fascist War, including five located in East China’s Jiangsu Province.
Cheqiao Battle Martyrs’ Cemetery in Huai’an. Photo/Gu Jian
Jiangsu now has 19 state-level anti-Japanese war memorials and historical sites. The five new sites are Nanjing Museum of the Site of Lijixiang Comfort Station, Yuntai Mountain Cemetery for Revolutionary Martyrs in Nanjing City, Cheqiao Battle Martyrs’ Cemetery in Huai’an City, Lupu Martyrs’ Cemetery in Funing County of Yancheng City, and Maoshan New Fourth Army Memorial Hall in Zhenjiang City.
Researcher of anti-Japanese war history Hu Zhuoran said the new sites in the list are all related to events of national importance. In the Cheqiao Battle, the New Fourth Army captured the highest ranking Japanese officer by the Chinese army during the war. The Battle of Yuntai Mountain was an important advance into Nanjing, the center of Japanese rule in China then.
Nanjing Museum of the Site of Lijixiang Comfort Station/File Photo
Professor Su Zhiliang of Shanghai Normal University, also the first director of Nanjing Museum of the Site of Lijixiang Comfort Station, praised the move to list the museum as a state-level historical site.
Director Guo Ke of documentary “22″, displaying life of China’s surviving “comfort women”, said the listing is of great importance to protect the site and can help more young people understand the period of history.