06 Oct '11, 7am

Building bridges between China and Japan

Building bridges between China and Japan

SICHUAN: Despite being close neighbors, relations between China and Japan had often been difficult and marked by frequent tensions. Wartime memories are certainly the main cause, and have continued to colour China's modern-day perceptions of Japan. The Japanese may have surrendered 66 years ago, but memories of the anti-Japanese war still linger on. A suspension bridge straddling Dadu River in Sichuan province is a constant reminder of Japanese aggression against China. Built during the anti-Japanese war, the bridge was critical in transferring war supplies between the Lexi and Yunnan-Burmese Highway. Shao Jinjiang, Sichuan Simian County CPPCC secretary-general said: "This bridge was an important linkage between Lexi and Xichang. By transporting massive amounts of war materials, it had played an indispensable role in the final victory against Japan." To better preserve the...

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