We would like to maintain the current momentum for improving relations, especially because this year marks the 70th anniversary of the Marco Polo Bridge Incident
,'' Li was quoted as telling Liberal Democratic Party Secretary General Hidenao Nakagawa and Kazuo Kitagawa, secretary general of the LDP's junior coalition partner, the New Komeito party, during talks in Tokyo.
On the 1937 Marco Polo Bridge incident
in Beijing, a clash between Japanese and Chinese troops which triggered the war, he said it remains unclear which side fired first.
Wednesday's protests in Hong Kong marked the 62nd anniversary of the Marco Polo Bridge incident
in 1937, which triggered Japan's all-out war against China.
Whether the anniversaries of the Marco Polo Bridge Incident
and the 1937 killing of Chinese civilians by Japanese troops in Nanjing pass without incident may also depend on whether or not Abe visits the shrine, Cheng added.
Muto served as chief of the operations department of the Army's general staff when the Marco Polo Bridge Incident
on July 7, 1937, in the Beijing suburbs.
The ceremonies on Friday and Saturday are expected to mark the final portion of the campaign, which was bolstered after the July 7 anniversary of the 1937 Marco Polo Bridge Incident
, a clash between Chinese and Japanese troops that escalated into full-scale warfare lasting until 1945.
Chiang's picture, taken while giving a speech condemning the Marco Polo Bridge incident
in 1937, is featured in juxtaposition with then Communist Party Chairman Mao Zedong, who was photographed when calling on his people to fight the Japanese.
Even if May 4 passes quietly, the calendar is awash in other anniversaries to remind the Chinese of the war with Japan, including July 7 for the Marco Polo Bridge Incident
in 1937 that triggered a full-scale war, and Aug.
July 7 marks the anniversary of the Marco Polo Bridge incident
in 1937 that triggered Japan's all-out war against China.
Members of the Action Committee for Defending the Diaoyu Islands originally planned to travel to the islands on July 7, the 63rd anniversary of the Marco Polo Bridge incident
in Beijing, which led to the 1937-1945 Sino-Japanese War.