In that devastating war, the Chinese People's War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression started the earliest and lasted the longest.
First complete victory in modern times
This great triumph crushed the plot of the Japanese militarists to colonize and enslave China and put an end to China's national humiliation of suffering successive defeats at the hands of foreign aggressors in modern times.
The Chinese people held ground in the main theater in the East of the World Anti-Fascist War, thus making major contribution to its victory.
100m, 35m, 27m
Ravaging through Asia, Europe, Africa and Oceania, that war inflicted over 100 million military and civilian casualties. China suffered over 35 million casualties and the Soviet Union lost more than 27 million lives during the Chinese People's War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression and the World Anti-Fascist War.
Sword of Damocles
War is the sword of Damocles that still hangs over mankind. We must learn the lessons of history and dedicate ourselves to peace.
We Chinese love peace. No matter how much stronger it may become, China will never seek hegemony or expansion. It will never inflict its past suffering on any other nation.
The PLA is the people's army. All its officers, men and women must bear in mind their responsibility of serving the people whole-heartedly. China will cut the number of its troops by 300,000.
(Source: China Daily)