BEIJING — There is little room for subtlety at the Museum of Chinese People’s Resistance Against the Japanese Invasion.
Ahead of the 70th anniversary of the “Chinese People’s Anti-Japanese War and the World Anti-Fascist War Victory Commemoration Day,” as the end of World War II is known here, the museum has an array of wartime Japanese artifacts — including flags, medals and guns — in a special display case under a glass floor.
“We want to keep Japan under our feet,” said Li Yake, a 22-year-old college student doing a summer internship at the museum as she led visitors around the exhibition.
Adults and kids posed for photos atop the glass display case, smiling and making a V-sign with their fingers, while one man carefully lined up a shot of his foot over a Japanese flag.
Nearby was the table where “China accepted Japan’s surrender,” as the sign explained. A security guard kept a close watch.
Beijing and Tokyo have been edging toward improved relations: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been invited to the huge anniversary military parade that will be held in Tiananmen Square on Sept. 3, China’s Victory Day, although he hasn’t yet decided to go, and there is talk of a summit with China’s Xi Jinping this fall.