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People gather to pay tribute to people who died in battles against Japan during World War II at the Aviation Martyr Memorial to commemorate the 69th anniversary of victory over Japan in World War II in Nanjing, east China's Jiangsu province on September 3, 2014. Chinese President Xi Jinping and all six other members of the Politburo Standing Committee, the country's most powerful body, made a rare public appearance on September 3 to commemorate 69 years since Japan's surrender at the end of World War II. The ceremony was the first since Beijing earlier this year declared September 3 as a national day to mark Japan's defeat -- it signed the formal surrender on board the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay on September 2, 1945, with China celebrating the following day.

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People gather at the Aviation Martyr Memorial in Nanjing, east China‘s Jiangsu province, on Wednesday to commemorate those who died at the 69th anniversary of victory over Japan in the second world war

Students of Shaolin Tagou Martial Arts School are suspended in mid-air as they practise in a rehearsal for a stunt performance, which is part of the opening ceremony of the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games, at a stadium in Nanjing, Jiangsu province.

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Students of Shaolin Tagou Martial Arts School are suspended in mid-air as they rehearse for the opening ceremony of the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, China

Paramilitary policemen raise their fists as they attend an oath-taking rally to ensure the security of the upcoming 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games, in Nanjing...Paramilitary policemen raise their fists as they attend an oath-taking rally to ensure the security of the upcoming 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games, in Nanjing, Jiangsu province July 29, 2014. The eastern Chinese city of Nanjing will host the 2014 Youth Olympic Games between August 16 to August 28.

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Paramilitary policemen raise their fists as they attend an oath-taking rally to ensure the security of the upcoming 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, Jiangsu province. The eastern Chinese city will host the games from August 16 to August 28.

Doves fly above Chinese paramilitary policemen as they gather to mourn for the victims of 1937 Nanjing Massacre at the Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall in Nanjing in east China's Jiangsu province Friday, Dec. 13, 2013. Nanjing on Friday marked 76 years after a bloody invasion by the Japanese imperial army that remains as one of the most sensitive friction points in the shared history of two Asian powers.

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Doves fly above Chinese paramilitary policemen as they gather at the Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall, in Nanjing, China, to mourn the victims of the 1937 Nanjing massacre. The bloody invasion by the Japanese imperial army remains one of the most sensitive friction points between the two Asian powers.