China’s forgotten Second World War

China was embroiled in the Second World War for four years longer than the USA, lost 14 million lives and suffered atrocities to match anything in Europe. So, says Rana Mitter, isn't it time the west acknowledged its contribution to victory?

Residents of Chongqing on the streets of their bombed-ravaged city in the autumn of 1940. China's temporary wartime capital was subjected to 218 Japanese air raids between May 1938 and August 1941, costing nearly 12,000 lives. (Photo by Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)

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