Marshal Chiang Kai-shek, left, head of the Nationalist Republic of China, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, center, and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill are shown sitting on the lawn at their North African meeting in Cairo on Dec. 2, 1943. (AP Photo/British Army Office)
China doesn't let historical accuracy get in the way of good old heroic war story
BEIJING--The Chinese propaganda machine has long been in overdrive for the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Asia, but now it seems to have accelerated into overkill mode with wartime history being rewritten willy-nilly.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Xinhua: U.N. secretary-general defends China parade trip after Japanese concern
BEIJING--Chinese state news agency Xinhua said on Aug. 29 U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has defended his trip to Beijing next week to watch a military parade marking the end of World War II following concern from Japan.
Emperor Akihito, accompanied by Empress Michiko, delivers an address to the memorial ceremony for the war dead at Tokyo's Nippon Budokan hall on Aug. 15. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Tokyo protests after China's state news agency demands emperor apologize for war
BEIJING--A demand from China’s state-run news agency that the Japanese emperor apologize for the “war of aggression” has drawn protests from Tokyo.
South Korean President Park Geun-hye (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Park to attend China's war victory parade
SEOUL--South Korean President Park Geun-hye will attend a massive military parade in Beijing on Sept. 3 to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Asia.
In this Aug. 13 photo, a shattered window frames the site of an explosion at a port warehouse in China's Tianjin. (AP Photo)
China detains 11 over deadly Tianjin warehouse explosion
BEIJING--Chinese prosecutors have detained 11 government officials and company executives over a massive warehouse explosion that killed at least 145 people in the country's worst industrial disaster in recent years.
Lien Chan in 2005 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Former Taiwan vice president to meet China's Xi, attend military parade
TAIPEI--Former Taiwanese Vice President Lien Chan will meet Chinese leader Xi Jinping next week on a private visit to attend China's celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, an aide close to Lien said on Aug. 27.
Chinese President Xi Jinping (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
China's Xi vows unceasing fight against Tibet separatism
BEIJING--China will wage an unceasing fight against separatism in its restive mountainous region of Tibet, President Xi Jinping said, as the government repeated it would never accept exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama's genuine autonomy proposals.
A view from inside the new wing of the Museum of War Crime Evidence by Japanese Army Unit 731 in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, that opened Aug. 15 (Takuya Hiraga)
China overhauls war memorial sites in time for Victory over Japan Day
More than 100 facilities in China linked to the nation's struggle during the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945) are being renovated or expanded in the run-up to the 70th anniversary of Victory over Japan Day on Sept. 3.
A network of Japanese bunkers is shown to the media representatives in Tengchong, southern Yunnan province, on Aug. 13. (Mitsusada Enyo)
Network of Japanese bunkers shows scars of war at remote Chinese mountain
TENGCHONG, China--An extensive network of tunnels, bunkers and trenches built by the Imperial Japanese Army is still intact at one of the bloodiest battlefields of World War II near the Chinese border with Myanmar.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and North Korean ruling party official Choe Ryong Hae (Choe's photo was provided by Korea News Service)
West and Japan snub China parade, but Putin, N. Korean official coming
BEIJING--Major Western leaders will not attend a military parade in China next week to mark the end of World War II, leaving President Xi Jinping to stand with leaders and officials from Russia, Sudan, Venezuela and North Korea at his highest-profile event of 2015.
Lee Teng-hui (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Backlash in Taiwan over Lee's article on war in Japanese magazine
TAIPEI--An article in a Japanese magazine by former President Lee Teng-hui is causing outrage in Taiwan's ruling party, which fought against Japan in China and fled to Taiwan in 1949 after losing the civil war with communist forces.
Chinese female troops practice marching near a portrait of Chinese President Xi Jinping ahead of a Sept. 3 military parade at a camp on the outskirts of Beijing on  Aug. 22. (AP Photo)
China intensifying promotion of upcoming spectacular military parade
BEIJING--China is ramping up publicity for its upcoming massive military parade commemorating the end of World War II, but officials still aren't saying what other countries are taking part.
The gate of the airfield belonging to the Chinese military in Beijing's Tongzhou district, near where witnesses say a military helicopter crashed on Aug. 16. (Nanae Kurashige)
China bans media from reporting on helicopter crash
BEIJING--The government has banned its media from reporting on the crash of a military helicopter that was preparing for a parade to mark the 70th anniversary of China's victory over Japan in World War II, witnesses and other sources said Aug. 20.
Soldiers from a People's Liberation Army chemical-defense unit work to neutralize sodium cyanide residue on charred car bodies on Aug. 20 after the massive explosions at a port in northeastern China's Tianjin. (Chinatopix via AP)
4 new fires at China blast site, widespread safety hazards found
SHANGHAI--Four new fires have broken out at the site where two huge blasts last week killed 116 people, Chinese state media reported on Aug. 21 soon after officials said safety hazards were found at almost 70 percent of firms handling dangerous chemicals in Beijing.
Residents demanding compensation for damages to their homes after an explosion at the Tianjin port protest outside a hotel where news conferences are held in China's Tianjin on Aug. 19. (AP Photo)
State media: China firm used connections to build hazmat warehouse
TIANJIN, China--The son of a former police chief is one of two silent owners of the warehouse for hazardous materials in Tianjin where explosions killed at least 114 people, and used his connections to help obtain licenses despite safety violations, Chinese state media reported on Aug. 19.
Yang Dongliang, head of China's State Administration of Work Safety (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
China investigates top work safety regulator after Tianjin blasts
TIANJIN, China--China said on Aug. 18 it is investigating the head of its work safety regulator who for years allowed companies to operate without a license for dangerous chemicals, days after blasts in a port warehouse storing such material killed 114 people.
In this photo taken on Aug. 15, a firefighter inspects a destroyed fire truck at the site of an explosion in northeastern China's Tianjin. (Chinatopix Via AP)
Families of Chinese firefighters seek answers in port blasts
TIANJIN, China--The rapid chain of explosions that destroyed a warehouse district in the Chinese port of Tianjin could become one of the world's deadliest disasters for fire crews, with at least 21 firefighters confirmed dead and scores of others still missing.
Residents, some wearing masks, hold banners and placards as they stage a protest outside a hotel where officials held daily media conferences in China's Tianjin on Aug. 17. About a hundred people whose residences were damaged in the massive Tianjin blasts gathered for a protest to demand compensation from the government. (AP Photo)
Residents demand compensation in Tianjin blasts
TIANJIN, China--About a hundred people whose residences were damaged in the massive Tianjin blasts gathered on Aug. 17 for a protest to demand compensation from the government as the death toll from the disaster rose to 114 with 70 still missing.
Chinese emergency crews survey the site of an explosion in northeastern China's Tianjin municipality on Aug. 15. (AP Photo)
UPDATE: China blast zone blocked over contamination fear; 112 dead
TIANJIN, China--Authorities pulled more bodies from a massive blast site in the Chinese port of Tianjin, pushing the death toll to 112 on Aug. 16 as teams scrambled to clear dangerous chemical contamination.
The Museum of the War of Chinese People's Resistance Against Japanese Aggression in the suburbs of Beijing has been renovated, and displays stress China's contribution to the "world's war against fascism." (Nanae Kurashige)
China stresses its key role in defeating fascism at war museum
BEIJING--China's Communist Party is trumpeting its contribution to the "war against fascism" at its newly renovated war museum in suburban Beijing on the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.

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