外文标题：China museum unveils Japan forced labour 'evidence' on anniversary
BEIJING: A Chinese museum marked the anniversary of the 1931 Mukden Incident on Wednesday by revealing documents it said will help a compensation claim against Tokyo over forced labour in World War II.
Japanese soldiers blew up a railway in Manchuria 82 years ago as a pretext to take control of the whole northeastern Chinese region, and while the Asian giants are major trading partners their political relationship remains soured by Japan's brutal occupation before and during World War II.
They are currently at loggerheads over disputed islands in the East China Sea controlled by Tokyo but claimed by Beijing.
The Museum of the War of Chinese People's Resistance Against Japanese Aggression displayed more than 400 documents it said detailed how 40,000 Chinese were forced to work in Japan during the war.
"We are going to file lawsuits to the Japanese government to make them admit what they did, apologise and give compensation to the relatives of victims," deputy museum director Li Zongyuan told AFP.
A video was shown containing images of what it called "shameless" Japanese politicians visiting the Yasukuni war shrine, which commemorates more than two million Japanese war dead, including 14 Class A war criminals.
Beijing regularly accuses Tokyo of failing to atone for its imperialist past, while Japan says its neighbours use history as a diplomatic stick to beat it with.
Relatives of Chinese who were forced into labour have previously filed claims against Japanese corporations, and most of them have failed.
Japanese courts have previously said that China relinquished its rights to wartime compensation with the 1972 China-Japan joint agreement, which normalised relations between the two countries.
secular radical (Unknown)
Japanese have done atrocities across asia-pacific during the second world. Changi prison museum also documents Japanese cruelty.
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Chinese officials are one side faced. The wall of china was built by labourers which was forced labour and when dead they buried in the same wall and built on their dead bodies. Chinese Intrusions in kashmir region, Indian Borders, Arunachal pradesh and Sikkim. medical capsules made of skin of babies. Such brutal things they do and claim compensation on Japan. Every one know how japanese and chinese are, there is a lot of difference.
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Chinese are so far not able to prove that they are reliable and Japan after world War II has learned how to live peacefully and productive. I think that a think tank in China should be created who should only think positive about its neighbour and guide the government positively.
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Pacific Rim (Kashmir,Pakistan)
The last time we kidnapped a Japanese and cut off his head. they are not as strong as you think.
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Kamaljit Choudhury ()
It seems racial memory runs deep into the chinese culture.. They have not forgotten what the Japanese did to the chinese during and before the second world war. They can never be friends. Unfortunately.
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Morgan (Australia) replies to Kamaljit Choudhury
Nothing is forever, the USA thought they couldn't be friends with the Germans and Japanese not more than 70 years ago; see where their relationship is now.
It really is commendable, how much China is considerate about its citizens. If one reads history, they'll figure out how much atrocites(opium wars) and hardship(invaded by 8 countries) etc it has gone through, yet it emmerged as a super power. India and other countries have a lot to learn from China. Not sure wheather Japan would even entertain their request, but really appreciative act of China.
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Museum of forced labour? Isnt that the Foxconn factory?
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Yang DaWei (Chengdu, China)
Little Japan,rubbish,a dog of USA.
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Rakesh Bhartiya (India)
Nothing to worry, China is not considering any threat from India.
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Yang DaWei (Chengdu, China)
Our mighty China is Invincible!!!
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