TAIYUAN, July 6, 2017 - Veteran Guo Dehe, 93, salutes at home in Yangquan City, north China's Shanxi Province, May 12, 2017. Guo, born in 1924, joined the Chinese army in 1940 during the anti-Japanese war. July 7 this year marks the 80th anniversary of the start of China's eight-year resistance against Japanese invasion. China was the first nation to fight against fascist forces. The struggle started on September 18, 1931, when Japanese troops began their invasion of northeast China. It was intensified when Japan's full-scale invasion began after a crucial access point to Beijing, Lugou Bridge, also known as Marco Polo Bridge, was attacked by Japanese troops on July 7, 1937.

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