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China mulls days to remember defeat of Japan, Nanjing Massacre

Published on Feb 25, 2014 9:19 PM

BEIJING (AFP) - China is considering designating formal days of remembrance to commemorate Japan's defeat in World War II and the Nanjing Massacre, state media reported on Tuesday, amid bitter disputes over territory and history.

The National People's Congress (NPC) is mulling making September 3 "Victory Day of the Chinese People's War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression", the official Xinhua news agency said, citing the legislature.

Lawmakers are also considering designating December 13 as a "national memorial day to commemorate those killed by Japanese aggressors during the Nanjing Massacre in the 1930s", Xinhua reported.

In both cases, a "draft decision" will be debated during a bi-monthly session of the NPC Standing Committee from Tuesday until Thursday, Xinhua added.

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