The Chinese association held their annual 70th anniversary of victory of China’s Anti-Japanese Aggression War during WWI on Sunday at Emperors Palace, Johannesburg. The event had more than 300 guests with Jimmy Shi from the South African Free State Fujian Overseas Chinese Association (SAFOCH), Mr Li Song from the Chinese embassy in SA and the Counsellor General of Johannesburg of PRC Dr Sun and Colonel Xu Jian Wei from the embassy.
The speakers were Mr Yang Tian Chi, the Chairman of SAFOCH, and Mr Li Song who spoke in solidarity with promoting and celebrating the China war resistance against the Japanese.
The celebration had varies performances from the audience including a choir which kept the audience well entertained. Jimmy Shi from SAFOCH also graced us with his lovely voice. The mc did not want to be left out and played instruments to keep us amused.
The exhibition showed history of the Chinese resistance war against the Japanese.
The army won in 1945 but it was a well prepared fight. Chinese communities were outraged at the crimes of the Japanese aggressors. After 1932 Chinese in the United States marched in support of the anti-Japanese resistance campaign in China. In 1936 a Haiping theatrical troupe in Iloilo in the Philippines staged a drama to raise funds to support the war of resistance.
Chinese forces in the border region of Shanxi,Hebei and Charhar effectively used civilian houses and underground tunnels to hide from and ambush Japanese troops. It was in September 1937 were the Chinese forces won their first victory. The 115th Division of the Eighth Route Army ambushed the Japanese troops in Pingxingguan, Shanxi taking over 1000 casualties of the Japanese 5th division.
Chinese people around the world conducted all sorts of activities to support the war of resistance. Famous Chinese painter Xu Beihong held an exhibition in Southeast Asia in October 1939 to raise funds for the war. In Australia the demonstrations held also raised money which was donated. Canada also raised funds with their lion dance. Chinese in Netherlands also funded the war with their art troupe. Over the period of eight year, overseas Chinese organisations donated a lump sum of 1.3 million yuan to the war.
In 1942, the Communist Party of China decided to set up a working committee on overseas affairs as well as to organise the international united front against Japan.