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By Song Wenwei (China Daily)
Updated: 2007-12-14 08:06

NANJING: Sirens wailed and a giant bell tolled Thursday as residents of the capital of Jiangsu Province, along with people in other parts of the nation, marked the 70th anniversary of one of the darkest days in China's history: The Nanjing Massacre.

On December 13, 1937, Japanese troops marched into the then national capital and started a six-week orgy of killing, raping, burning and pillaging, during which at least 300,000 Chinese were slaughtered and 20,000 raped.

"History must be remembered, not for hatred but for peace," said 79-year-old Chang Zhiqiang, a survivor who lost his parents and three younger brothers in the massacre.

He joined some 8,000 people, including 100 survivors, at the commemorative event in front of the memorial hall for the Chinese victims.

She Ziqing, 75, laid a wreath for his mother, who was killed by Japanese soldiers. "Seventy years on, the pain is still there," he said in tears.

Chen Fubao, 75, clutched a black-and-white photo of his father, who was killed in the slaughter.

"We hope that the Japanese government, especially those in the nationalist factions, learn from the Germans and admit the truth," he said. "They should not cover up their crimes any more."

In Beijing, Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang - in a rare move - invited the press corps to observe a moment of silence with him for the massacre victims before he took any questions.

He reiterated China's long-held principle of "taking history as a mirror and looking forward to the future".

"We commemorate the day to ponder upon the past, which can provide guidance in days to come, to take history as a mirror and look forward to the future, and to cherish peace," he said.

In a similar tone, mourners in Nanjing made a declaration that calls on "all peace-loving people to unite in building a peaceful, harmonious and reconciliatory new world".

Xu Zhonglin, chairman of the Jiangsu provincial committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), said a few right wingers in Japan have ignored historical facts and attempted to deny the massacre.

"Their action has severely damaged the healthy and stable development of the China-Japan relationship," Xu said.

Meanwhile, the enlarged Nanjing Massacre memorial reopened Thursday after an 18-month renovation. Built on 7.4 hectares, it is about three times larger than the earlier one, and has a 9,000 sq m exhibition area.

The exhibits on display include 3,500 photographs, audio-video materials and documentaries, according to curator Zhu Chengshan. The new exhibits include archives of 10,000 massacre victims.

In Beijing, thousands of people from all walks of life flocked to the Memorial Hall of the Chinese People's War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression Thursday to mourn the victims.

In Xiamen, Fujian Province, more than 100 Chinese musicians will stage a symphony concert, "History and Future", tonight to mourn the victims and appeal for peace across the world.

Xinhua, agencies contributed to the story

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Post time 2007-12-14 08:49:25 |Display all floors
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I read an article in Xinhua about the anniversary of the Nanjing Massacre. One of the survivors of the incident, an old woman now, said something like "We can forget hatred, but we can never forget history." Now, if a survivor is saying hatred of Japan can be laid down, then I think more Chinese need to take their cues from her!

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Post time 2007-12-14 09:57:29 |Display all floors
Originally posted by seneca at 2007-12-14 09:28
"History must be remembered - not for hatred but for peace..." said Mr CHen Zhiqiang.

Does this mean Chinese history teachers teach hatred and Nippophobia

Screw you seneca!!!!!!

Most of the hisotrical material about the Nanjing massacre was left by Chinese, they were too busy struggling for survival!!!! Most of them were left by foreigners and Christian missionary who remained in Nanking during that time, who also helped a lot of Chinese civilians from being brutally murdered. Have  you ever watched any documentary or read any book or see any pics about tthe massacre?? It is one of the worse history in the world!!!It is shameful !!!!Go and search any articles in Google!!! You arrogant and ignorant asshole!

Nobody is teaching hatred or Nippophobia in Chinese school. People are hoping for justice because the Janpanese government has never acknowledge the massacre, they only call it "Nanjing incident"!!! And man yscholars in Japan are also trying to totally deny it. They call it a made-up story!! Nobody wants hatred, we want justice for this period of history!!300,000 people were cruelly murdered. And nobody  has ever appologized for this massacre.

Take your prejudice against China and just leave if you are so against everything here. We have a lot of problems, we have a lot of drawback, we welcome critisim, even the most harsh criticism as long as it is right to the point. But we do not welcome someone like you to finger-pointing at China or playing smart at the Nanjing Massacre, thinking you are the superior. Just ---- OFF you jackass. It is my first time using "----", and it is for you .

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Post time 2007-12-14 10:00:16 |Display all floors
Originally posted by juicy_orange at 2007-12-14 09:57

Screw you seneca!!!!!!

Most of the hisotrical material about the Nanjing massacre was left by Chinese, they were too busy struggling for survival!!!! Most of them were left by foreigners and ...

Sorry, it should be "was not left"

And again , screw you.

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Post time 2007-12-14 10:14:13 |Display all floors

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*I am in no way condoning any events of the Nanjing Massacre--it was a horrible event, whether 40,000 or 300,000 died, and it should never be forgotten*

There are two sides to every story; here is a column from a Japanese newspaper...

Nanjing Incident merits deeper discussion, study

The Yomiuri Shimbun

Thursday will mark the 70th anniversary of the Nanjing Incident. Already 70 years have passed since the controversial incident took place. This is a good time for both Japan and China to deepen a cool dialogue on history.

On Dec. 13, 1937, when the Imperial Japanese Army occupied Nanjing, the then capital of China, a great many Chinese citizens became victims of the occupation.

In Nanjing on Thursday, the anniversary of the fall of Nanjing, the Memorial Hall to the Victims in the Nanjing Massacre will reopen after completing a two-year large-scale expansion project. At the same time, a ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of the event will be held.

Japan-China relations have improved thanks to former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to China last year and the visit paid to Japan in April by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao. China has been avoiding blatant criticism of Japan, out of apparent consideration for the changing situation. China did not make any negative comments even when the Defense Agency was upgraded to a ministry in January.

At present, 70 years after the event, the Nanjing Incident is not on the bilateral political agenda.

However, there still is a deeply rooted anti-Japanese sentiment among the Chinese public. Surfing China-based Web sites reveals anti-Japanese opinions being expressed by Chinese youth across the country.

Taught to hate?

Since the mid-1990s the Chinese government has been reinforcing its anti-Japan patriotic education. At many memorial halls to the war of resistance against Japan in China, including the Memorial Hall to the Victims in the Nanjing Massacre in Nanjing, the exhibitions and sizes of the halls have been repeatedly expanded.

At the same time, the Chinese government has repeatedly announced its view that patriotic education is for developing a sense of citizenship in young people for the future and that there is no anti-Japanese education. If that is true, there may be many things that China has to rethink.

At war of resistance memorial halls throughout the nation, photos and other materials that emphasize brutal acts by the Imperial Japanese Army have been displayed. It has been revealed by reexaminations of the incident by Japanese scholars that these exhibitions include quite a few fabricated photos made and used by the then ruling Chinese Nationalist Party for its resistance war campaign.

A suprapartisan association of Diet members formed to ask China to remove unfair photos from such memorial halls was launched in June and has already started its activities. The Japanese government, too, should urge China to review such exhibitions as they may invite misunderstanding.

Dispute over numbers

The Chinese government's official tally of victims of the Nanjing Incident has not been revised from 300,000.

Indeed, when the Japanese forces wiped out the remaining Chinese soldiers hiding in the city, many executions and violence against civilians obviously took place, according to records and testimonies from the time.

However, there are theories that the number of victims was about 40,000 and that only a fraction of those deaths were murders that violated international law.

Recently, even some Chinese scholars say scholarly debate should be deepened on the number of victims. Such a flexible stance has been aired even in China.

The Nanjing Incident is an important area for bilateral joint studies on history conducted by Japanese and Chinese historians. It is necessary for Japan and China to jointly proceed with empirical research toward the final report to be compiled next year.

(From The Yomiuri Shimbun, Dec. 11, 2007)

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Post time 2007-12-14 10:32:21 |Display all floors

this is a truth!

Before 70 years, the Japanese invader killed 300,000 chinese who don't have any weapons.  As to such a brutality , we must remember and condemn.

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