China marks victory over Japan


BEIJING: Chinese President Xi Jinping and all six other members of the Politburo Standing Committee, the country’s most powerful body, made a rare public appearance on Wednesday to commemorate 69 years since Japan’s surrender at the end of World War II. The ceremony was the first since Beijing earlier this year declared September 3 as a national day to mark Japan’s defeat—it signed the formal surrender on board the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay on September 2, 1945, with China celebrating the following day. Relations between the two countries are currently mired in bitter disputes over territory and history.


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