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China Ratifies Victory Day, Nanjing Massacre Memorial Day As National Days
September 3 is formalised as Victory Day of the Chinese People's War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression and December 13 as National Memorial Day for Nanjing massacre victims.
Both decisions were made at the bimonthly session of the Standing Committee of the National People's (NPC) Congress which ended on Thursday.
In 1951, the Chinese government designated September 3, a day after the Japanese government officially surrendered in 1945 as Victory Day.
The Nanjing massacre by Japanese troops began on Dec 13, 1937 and led to the deaths of over 300,000 people in the following 40-odd days.
Lawmakers, political advisors and people from all walks of life had proposed setting the two dates as national days.
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