Second Sino-Japanese War

'China's war with Japan 1937-1945: The Struggle for Survival' by Rana Mitter

The British Royal Navy marches in Hong Kong in 1937, demonstrating the territory's defences against a Japanese invasion. Photo: SMP Pictures

More than 75 years after hostilities broke out, the Sino-Japanese War continues to inspire new research and fresh appraisals.

Sunday, 14 July, 2013, 3:53pm

Abe training jet photo sparks outrage in South Korean media

 Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe poses in a T-4 military training plane on Sunday. Photo: AFP

Major South Korean newspapers splashed a photo of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in a military trainer jet on their front pages yesterday, saying it was a reminder of Japan's colonial-era atrocities.

16 May 2013 - 2:58am 1 comment

State broadcaster CCTV slams anti-Japanese war dramas

Anti-Japanese war films and TV dramas have been on the rise in China, but they are criticised for being unrealistic and ridiculous. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Anti-Japanese films and TV dramas have been on the rise in China, in part due to the territorial row over the Diaoyu Islands, but also because the genre itself has always been popular.

11 Apr 2013 - 6:28pm

Book review: Clash of Empires in South China, by Franco David Macri

Book review: Clash of Empires in South China, by Franco David Macri

This superb new volume details the extensive back-story which led up to the global outbreak of war with Japan in 1941, and Hong Kong's vital but under-recognised connections to this event over several years.

3 Mar 2013 - 5:46pm

Caring for history's forgotten men

Sun Mian, the publisher of New Weekly Magazine, a fashionable news and lifestyle magazine based in Guangzhou, has not worried about the editorial work of the magazine for years. He spends a great deal of time climbing high mountains on different continents.

1 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

The Flowers of War

The Flowers of War by Yan Geling translated by Nicky Harman Harvill Secker

5 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Party colour on parade in KMT's old town

Chongqing, the temporary capital of the Kuomintang - the Communist Party's rival - during the war against Japan in the 1940s is planning to make itself an important centre of revolutionary history by building a 'red theme park' that will feature the world's largest flags.

6 Jul 2011 - 12:00am


Don't use history to read Japan's tragedy

Although the Japan earthquake and tsunami destroyed many people's homes and families, the Japanese stayed calm in the midst of this nightmare and did not panic. Instead, they helped others who were in need of food and shelter.

29 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Envoy in sensitive Nanjing visit

The Japanese ambassador to China, Uichiro Niwa, arrived in Nanjing yesterday on a three-day visit, seen by Chinese and Japanese media as a sign of improving ties between the two countries.

Ties have been tense since a Chinese trawler and a Japanese patrol boat collided near the disputed Diaoyu Islands in September.

21 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Sino-Japanese war remembered amid concern truth is distorted

China staged official commemorations yesterday marking the 65th anniversary of the end of the second Sino-Japanese war, but a senior People's Liberation Army officer says Beijing has been progressively playing down the significance of the war for economic reasons.

4 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Slice of Life

From the South China Morning Post this week in: 1933

Berlin, May 4

6 May 2008 - 12:00am

Truth and reconciliation

Tiny flakes of snow fall from a pearly grey sky outside Fan Jianchuan's giant storehouse of history in Anren, Sichuan province. Here, the billionaire developer, obsessive collector and amateur sleuth plans a museum to confront a dark chapter of China's past - widespread wartime collaboration with the Japanese.

30 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Nanjing remembrance likely to be peaceful

70th anniversary of wartime massacre comes amid improved Sino-Japanese ties

The mainland will mark the 70th anniversary of the Nanking Massacre tomorrow, but a recent warming in relations between China and Japan appears to have prompted Beijing to stifle public protests.

12 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Unravelling the knots of Nanking

Acrop of new movie releases to mark the 70th anniversary of the Nanking Massacre is again set to dredge up controversy surrounding one of the 20th century's most notorious and disputed events.

9 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Japan's envoy urges closer relationship

China and Japan should work together to share global burdens and responsibilities because of their capacity to influence the Asian economy, the Japanese ambassador to China said yesterday.

China's rapidly expanding economy would soon surpass that of Japan, but Japan would maintain its advantage, Yuji Miyamoto said in Hong Kong.

21 Nov 2007 - 12:00am