Forgotten ally? China’s unsung role in World War II

Editor’s Note: Rana Mitter is professor of modern Chinese politics and history at the University of Oxford. His most recent book Forgotten Ally: China’s World War II was named as a 2013 Book of the Year in the Financial Times and the Economist. The views expressed here are solely his.

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Mitter: Many in China are becoming resentful that the West fails to remember its role

China's refusal to surrender completely went a long way to slowing Japan's advance

China held down huge numbers of Japanese troops on its territory