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China lawmaker pitches 'Humiliation Day'

A lawmaker in China has called for a national "Humiliation Day" on Sept. 18 to mark the start of Japan's 1931 invasion and remind the Chinese public of foreign attacks, state media reported Thursday.

Chinese nationalism, especially among the young, has surged recently along with the country's economy and international influence, stoked by a Communist government that regards Japan as its rival for regional superpower status.

"An outstanding nation is one that will always keep its history firmly in mind. We should never forget our compatriots who lost their lives in the war," lawmaker Jiang Jian said during China's annual legislative session, according to Xinhua News Agency.

"Remembering this humiliating part of history will help Chinese people feel urged to safeguard peace and work hard for the rejuvenation of the nation," said Jiang, president of a hospital in Qufu, Shandong province.

The Sept. 18, 1931, attack on the northeastern city of Shenyang, then known as Mukden, led to the Japanese occupation of China's northeast. That was followed in 1937 by the occupation of much of China that lasted until Tokyo's 1945 surrender at the end of World War II.

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