Bridging the years, July 7

7 Jul 2015

Today is the anniversary of the Marco Polo Bridge incident in 1937 that is regarded as the beginning of Japan's full-scale invasion of China and the start of the eight-year war between the two nations. Japanese forces opened fire on Chinese troops stationed at the bridge, which is in the Fengtai district 15km southwest of central Beijing. The war claimed an estimated 35 million Chinese lives. These historical and contemporary photographs record a bridge that was the scene of a key moment for modern China. They show Chinese and Japanese troops fighting on and near the bridge, shell holes left in a wall, memorials and people on the bridge in recent times. Photos: Reuters, ImagineChina, EPA, CNS, AFP, AP