Today marks the 87th anniversary of the September 18th Incident, which signaled the beginning of Japan’s invasion of Northeast China.
On September 18th, 1931, Japanese troops blew up a section of railway under their control near the city of Shenyang in northeast China. Japan then accused Chinese troops of sabotage, and used the incident as a pretext to launch an attack. They bombarded the barracks of Chinese troops near Shenyang on the same evening, triggering a large-scale armed invasion of northeast China.
Japan would go on to invade the rest of China and much of Asia, leading to the war of resistance against Japanese aggression. The brutal war drowned China in devastating turmoil, with half of the country involved, and claimed the lives of more than 35 million Chinese soldiers and civilians.
By August 2018, about 400,000 chemical weapons abandoned by the Japanese army had been found in 18 provinces across China – over 90 percent of them buried in Jilin Province alone.
In accordance with the Convention on the Banning of Chemical Weapons and the memorandum on the destruction of abandoned chemical weapons signed by China and Japan in 1999, Japan is responsible for the disposal of these weapons, and should provide funds, technology and expertise, while China gives assistance.