Peace is not absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means.

– Ronald Reagan

The Marco Polo Bridge incident was a conflict between Chinese and Japanese troops near the Marco Polo Bridge outside what is not called Beijing. This developed warfare between both the countries that was the prelude to the Pacific side of WW2. In 1931, Japan occupied Manchuria and established a puppet government which spent large sums of money yo develop the region’s industry and continuing to expand their occupation into northern China. This violation of China’s territorial integrity produced a growing anti-Japanese movement in China. By 1937, this movement had grown so strong that the Chinese communists and nationalists agreed to end their civil war from a United Front against further Japanese aggression.