"9.18 Incident" Commemorated in China
   2012-09-18 16:49:26    Xinhua      Web Editor: Zhang

Delegates attend the national flag raising ceremony to commemorate the 81st anniversary of the "September 18 Incident," which directly preceded Japan's invasion of northeast China, in Shenyang, capital of northeast China's Liaoning Province, Sept. 18, 2012. On Sept. 18, 1931, Japanese troops blew up a section of the railway under its control near Shenyang, then accused Chinese troops of sabotage as a pretext for war. They bombarded the barracks of Chinese troops near Shenyang the same evening, thus starting a large-scale armed invasion of northeast China. [Photo: Xinhua]

Ceremonies have been held today across China to commemorate the start of the Japanese military occupation of northeastern China 81-years ago.

The commemoration this year comes amid continued anti-Japan protests over the Diaoyu disputes.

CRI's Shen Chengcheng has more:

 

A siren wailed for 3 minutes in Liaoning's capital Shenyang at 9:18 Tuesday morning, a well known tradition to remind people not to forget a certain passage of Chinese history.

On September 18th, 1931, Japanese troops blew up a section of the railway near Shenyang, accused Chinese troops of sabotage and used it as a pretext for war.

They bombarded the Chinese troop barracks that evening, starting a large-scale armed invasion of northeast China.

The territorial disputes between China and Japan flared up last week following Tokyo's announcement to "buy" three of the five uninhabited islands in the East China Sea from their alleged private owner.

Xia Deren is an official with the local government of Liaoning.

"We should never forget those incidents, and be aware of what that means to us along the way of development. China's position on the Diaoyu disputes have been clear, any Japanese action to buy the islands is illegal."

Tuesday's commemoration in Shenyang coincided with continued anti-Japanese protests. In an effort to maintain security, additional police have been stationed near the Consulate General of Japan in Shenyang.

Days of protests across China since the weekend have caused damage to Japanese businesses and forced several Japanese electronic companies to suspend operations.

Earlier on Tuesday, hundreds more Japanese shops and restaurants suspended services across China.
In Beijing, protesters staged a peaceful demonstration in front of the Japanese Embassy. And in Shanghai and Sichuan, more police were brought in to keep the protests orderly.

Tensions also haven't eased in the waters near the Diaoyu Islands. 2 Japanese activists reportedly landed on the disputed islands for a time Tuesday morning.

For CRI, I'm Shen Chengcheng.

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