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A monument commemorating Japanese who died in their return from China after Japan was defeated was recently established by the local government in Fang Zheng, northeast China's Heilong province.|
The monument, which cost 50,000 yuan ($76,000), is inscribed with all the names of the perished Japanese whose names could still be identified, and is said to be built for "the friendship of the two great nations", according to the local government.
While the local government said it is a symbol of "China's broadmindedness and generosity", a symbol of China's intention to "return good for evil", many doubt these high-minded claims.
"What they want is to attract Japanese investment and investors," a lot of the Chinese web users shouted with indignation, "it is an utter shame."
Apparently, not everyone agrees. Some local residents and those from vicinity actually defended the policy, saying "we are entitled to development" and "if it helps earn us jobs and money, what's wrong with that?".
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