WWII Began in 1937 with Japanese Invasion: China

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WWII Began in 1937 with Japanese Invasion: China


Beijing, Aug. 29 -- The official date of the beginning of World War II should be advanced from Germany's invasion of Poland in 1939 to 1937, when Japan began its large-scale invasion of China, a state media report has said.

Quoting historians, it argued that the world has largely ignored China's contribution in resisting Japan one of the "Axis" powers during the war.

Ahead of the mega military parade to be held in Beijing to celebrate Japan's withdrawal from China, the tightly controlled media has published several articles and opinion pieces highlighting Tokyo's invasion of China.

The article in the official news agency Xinhua is the latest to highlight China's role in the war and in defeating Japan.

"In France we call it the war of 1939-1945. But its a world war. Not only a European war, and it did not begin in Europe," Robert Frank, the secretary general of the International Congress of Historical Sciences (ICHS) was quoted as having said.

"The war began here, in Asia," Frank said. "It must be surprising for European and French people," Frank said, adding: "But we want to break the classical Eurocentric chronology, showing the global history of a global war. …

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