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China's Hu asks Communist Party to learn from Sino-Japan war.

BEIJING, Aug. 27 Kyodo

Chinese President Hu Jintao called on the Communist Party to learn from China's 1937-1945 war against Japan, which he called a model for national unity, official media said Saturday.

Speaking Friday at a regular study session of the party's Political Bureau, Hu asked the nation's dominant political organization to ''sum up experience'' of the war, known in China as the War of Resistance against Japan, Xinhua News Agency reported.

Hu, also party chairman, cited the war as an example of national unity, an objective pushed by the central leadership to stabilize the country in the face of political dissent and ethnic separatism in western China.

''The whole Chinese people, of different ethnic groups, closely united around the anti-Japanese and national united front initiated by the (Communist Party) and finally made an indelible historic contribution to the victory of the World Anti-fascism War by carrying out a very difficult struggle and paying an enormous national sacrifice,'' Xinhua said, citing Hu's remarks.

''The great national spirit with patriotism as the core is the spiritual driving (force) for the Chinese people to unite and develop,'' Xinhua said.

Hu's remarks follow other statements by Chinese leaders and media this summer to mark the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II.

Hu probably appealed to national unity to deter further conflicts following a chain of riots in rural China directed against local officials, said Beijing historian Li Chunming.
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