China film lambasted online for distorting history

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BEIJING: Social media users blasted a new Chinese film Monday for depicting a summit of world leaders during World War II that embellished history by portraying revolutionary leader Mao Zedong as vital to a conference he never attended. The Cairo Declaration — an upcoming war film produced by a company affiliated with China’s military — is part of a host of government-directed events to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Japan’s surrender. The US, Britain, Soviet Union and China all met in Cairo in November 1943 to map out a post-war path for Asia, during which they decided that territories ceded to Japan before the war should be returned to China. But the film’s trailer and poster have faced a backlash on social media and state media, with Internet users pointing out Mao played no major role at the conference. China — then known as the Republic of China — was instead represented by Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek, who went on to lose China’s civil war to Mao’s Communist forces.

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