BEIJING, July 7 (Xinhuanet) -- Today marks the 78th anniversary of the July 7th Incident, also know as the Lugou Bridge Incident. It was the beginning of China's War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression in 1937.
Japan invaded northeast China in September 1931. But historians agree that Japan's full-scale invasion started on July 7th, 1937, at a crucial access point to Beijing, Lugou Bridge. That evening, Japanese troops were carrying out military training maneuvers in the vicinity of Lugou Bridge. They demanded entry to the nearby town of Wanping, claiming one of their soldiers was missing.
The invasion that followed started the war, which lasted 8 years. By the time Japan surrendered in 1945, around 35 million Chinese soldiers and civilians had been killed or wounded.
At least 300,000 people were slaughtered in the Nanjing Massacre alone.
Photo taken on July 5, 2015 shows the Wanping City, the site of the old photo in the picture, near the Lugou Bridge in Beijing, capital of China. A journalist visited the sites of some old photos about the July 7 Incident. The July 7 Incident, or the Lugouqiao Incident, in 1937 marked the beginning of China's War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression, which lasted eight years.(Xinhua/Liu Jinhai)