China plans to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two in Asia, and its fight against Japan, with a stream of movies, concerts, performances and exhibitions, officials said on Monday, in an effort to strengthen “nationalism and culture”.
The centerpiece of the events is a military parade through central Beijing in September, although few top Western officials are likely to attend, for fear of sending the wrong signal in a region fraught with territorial disputes and bitter war memories.
China-Japan relations have long been affected by what China sees as Japan’s failure to atone for its occupation of parts of the country before and during the war. Beijing rarely misses a chance to remind the world of its suffering at the hands of Japan.
Over the next three months, the Chinese government will promote 20 documentaries, 12 television dramas and three animated programs. Items already presented include more than 180 children’s shows, dramas and musicals.
“By highlighting the spirit of patriotism, uprightness and heroism in their creations, artists can help the public to strengthen their values on history, nationalism and culture, (and) therefore increase their self-confidence and dignity as Chinese,” Vice Minister of Culture Dong Wei said in written remarks before a news briefing.