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Hua Ju is the Western style of theater that became popular in China during the early 20th Century. The original works performed were adaptations of western works, but since Hua Ju was performed in the local language, it was understood by the commoners. It became an important political tool, especially during War of Resistance against Japan (1937–45), when troops were sent across the country to spread propaganda. It was used again later to spread ideas supporting the Chinese Communist Party.