Nanking Massacre Anniversary

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December 13, 1937. It was the day the Japanese Imperial Army invaded China’s former capital city of Nanking. It was one of the most horrible aspects of war in the 20 th century as over 40,000-300,000 people were murdered in cold blood by the Japanese over 80 years ago.


If you’ve watched National Geographic over the past few days, you’ll see survivors who recount the horrible and clever ways some people were killed.


It is said that the Japanese soldiers, sometimes Kempeitai, would burst into a room unannounced and uninvited and shoot all the men without warning and drag the women out to rape them then shoot them too.


In China, Prime Minister Xi Jinping remained present but strangely quiet during the ceremony that marked the treachery that Japan committed. He normally doesn’t stay silent during national events like this.


An Allied Tribunal took a post-war estimate and totalled only 142,000 dead – less than half the Chinese estimates and adding to the solemn misery is that, even with video evidence, Japan’s politicians and scholars deny it happened.


Yu ZhengShang, a spokesperson of a high profile ceremonial body in China’s parliament has said in the Nanking Memorial that; “China would deepen relations with all its neighbors, including Japan, on the basis of amity, sincerity and friendship”.


Further, he added; “China and Japan must act on the basis of both their people’s basic interests, correctly grasp the broad direction of peaceful and friendly cooperation, take history as a mirror, face the future and pass on friendship down the generations”.


The Chinese Prime Minister, appearing to be mournful, wore a white flower on his lapel. He did not speak. Japan had been wary of his speech but to their dismay, he didn’t utter a word. This, after the Chinese PM hadn’t visited the memorial in three years, caught some in Japan by surprise.


The Chief Cabinet Secretary, Yoshihide Suga, said while speaking for the importance of both countries of looking to the future. “The leaders of Japan and China have agreed in past meetings to further improve relations and it is important, while cherishing this trend, to together show a future-oriented stance”.


I hope they get things settled. This has gone on for far too long and I hope they can once and for all have peace.


Reference: China marks 80th anniversary of Nanking Massacre, but Xi remains low key


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