China Honors Korean Fight Against Occupation

China has designated as a national monument the building where Korea's government-in-exile building was housed in Hangzhou during World War II. The building is seen as a symbol of the fight against the Japanese occupation of Asia.

The Chinese government also plans to build a memorial hall in Harbin for independence fighter Ahn Jung-geun, who assassinated the first Japanese resident general of Korea, Hirobumi Ito, in the city in 1909.

A monument will also be built in Xian remembering Korean independence fighters who mobilized their forces there.

Beijing is using the monuments to bolster its alliance with Korea against Japanese attempts to whitewash its past atrocities.

The Korean government-in-exile building in Hangzhou reopens in 2007 after a five-year restoration (file photo). The Korean government-in-exile building in Hangzhou reopens in 2007 after a five-year restoration (file photo).

Local media in China's eastern province of Zhejiang reported Tuesday that the Korean government-in-exile building was included among 80 new national monuments designated by Beijing, along with a Chinese independence movement memorial and another dedicated to remembering the Nanjing Massacre.

The building was erected in Hangzhou in 1932 after independence fighter Yun Bong-gil, who threw a bomb in Hongkew Park in Shanghai during the Japanese emperor's birthday, fled to the city.

The government-in-exile operated in Hangzhou for three years and held cabinet meetings and published propaganda for Korean independence.

englishnews@chosun.com / Sep. 03, 2014 11:00 KST