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Top Chinese official makes rare appearance at Japan war vigil

Zhao Leji first Politburo Standing Committee member to attend ceremony since 2014

A ceremony commemorating the 90th anniversary of a railway bombing in China by the Imperial Japanese Army was held at the 9.18 Historical Museum in Shenyang.   © (Photo taken by Shin Watanabe)

BEIJING/SHENYANG, China -- When a siren rang at 9:18 a.m. on Saturday to mark the 90th anniversary of a railway bombing by the Imperial Japanese Army, a high-ranking Chinese official was among the attendees. 

Zhao Leji, the No. 6 official of the Chinese Communist Party and a member of the powerful Politburo Standing Committee, was on hand for a ceremony of what is known as the Liutiaohu Incident -- or simply the September 18 Incident -- in Shenyang, according to the state-run Xinhua News Agency.

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