Events occurring on Wednesday, July 7, 1937  
  The Japanese-Chinese Conflict  
  During night maneuvers, Japanese troops clashed with Chinese forces at Lukouchiao, near Beijing in an event that has become known as the Marco Polo Bridge Incident. The fighting quickly spread to other parts of China, which reflected Japanese preparations for a general war with China. The Japanese government did not declare war against China for technical reasons of international law. The British government avoided challenging the Japanese invasion of China even though strategic British interests were at stake. The British cooperated with the U.S. and French governments in protesting the Japanese attack and violation of Western interests, but the British were too focused on events in Europe to counter the Japanese.  
   
     
   
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