A man walks past a sculpture as he visits the Museum of the War of the Chinese People’s Resistance Against Japanese Aggression in July 2015, during ceremonies opening an exhibition marking the anniversary of the 1937 Marco Polo Bridge Incident. The skirmish on July 7, 1937 served as pretext for Tokyo’s forces to seize Beijing, triggering eight years of full-scale war, in which more than 20 million Chinese are believed to have died. Photo: AFP A man walks past a sculpture as he visits the Museum of the War of the Chinese People’s Resistance Against Japanese Aggression in July 2015, during ceremonies opening an exhibition marking the anniversary of the 1937 Marco Polo Bridge Incident. The skirmish on July 7, 1937 served as pretext for Tokyo’s forces to seize Beijing, triggering eight years of full-scale war, in which more than 20 million Chinese are believed to have died. Photo: AFP
A man walks past a sculpture as he visits the Museum of the War of the Chinese People’s Resistance Against Japanese Aggression in July 2015, during ceremonies opening an exhibition marking the anniversary of the 1937 Marco Polo Bridge Incident. The skirmish on July 7, 1937 served as pretext for Tokyo’s forces to seize Beijing, triggering eight years of full-scale war, in which more than 20 million Chinese are believed to have died. Photo: AFP

Letters | China and Japan in 1900-1945: war of words over DSE history exam question brings politics into the classroom

  • Question under debate tests essential ability to remain impartial and assess historical sources
  • Well-prepared candidates should be able to rely on their own knowledge and offer substantive counter-arguments in reply

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A man walks past a sculpture as he visits the Museum of the War of the Chinese People’s Resistance Against Japanese Aggression in July 2015, during ceremonies opening an exhibition marking the anniversary of the 1937 Marco Polo Bridge Incident. The skirmish on July 7, 1937 served as pretext for Tokyo’s forces to seize Beijing, triggering eight years of full-scale war, in which more than 20 million Chinese are believed to have died. Photo: AFP A man walks past a sculpture as he visits the Museum of the War of the Chinese People’s Resistance Against Japanese Aggression in July 2015, during ceremonies opening an exhibition marking the anniversary of the 1937 Marco Polo Bridge Incident. The skirmish on July 7, 1937 served as pretext for Tokyo’s forces to seize Beijing, triggering eight years of full-scale war, in which more than 20 million Chinese are believed to have died. Photo: AFP
A man walks past a sculpture as he visits the Museum of the War of the Chinese People’s Resistance Against Japanese Aggression in July 2015, during ceremonies opening an exhibition marking the anniversary of the 1937 Marco Polo Bridge Incident. The skirmish on July 7, 1937 served as pretext for Tokyo’s forces to seize Beijing, triggering eight years of full-scale war, in which more than 20 million Chinese are believed to have died. Photo: AFP
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