China will publish historical records of Japan's past militarism as part of its commemoration this year of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, a senior official has said.

Yu Zhengsheng, the fourth-highest ranking member of the Communist Party, told more than 2,000 members of China's top political advisory body on Tuesday as it convened its annual meeting in Beijing that the publication is intended to "keep in mind our history as a warning for the future."

Yu, who serves as chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, did not say what kinds of cultural and historical data China has been collecting to mark the war anniversary.