When did World War II begin? Americans would say December 7, 1941. For Europeans, it was September 1, 1939. But in China, people know the actual date. It was August 13, 1937. That day, after more than a century of humiliation and six years of repeated “incidents” by the Imperial Japanese Army, China at last “stood up.”This act of defiance took place in Shanghai, the most international city in Asia. It was front-page news around the world. Today, the story is forgotten. As the 80th anniversary of this fateful battle approaches, we recall the four years when China stood alone against Japanese imperialism. It all began in Shanghai: 1937.
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