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BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | China remembers dead of Nanjing
China has been holding ceremonies to mark the 70th anniversary of the Nanjing massacre.

Survivors attended the reopening of a memorial hall, built to remember an act that has come to symbolise imperial Japanese aggression in China.

Japanese soldiers carried out the killings in a six-week period after Nanjing was captured in December 1937.

Beijing says 300,000 Chinese civilians were killed, but some Japanese historians dispute this figure.

"Dieu se rit des hommes qui se plaignent des conséquences alors qu'ils en chérissent les causes" Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet
by Melanchthon on Fri Dec 14th, 2007 at 01:11:31 AM EST
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This event is also known as The Rape of Nanjing. The word "rape" does not appear in the text of this report - but there is a link to an older BBC story which reads very differently from this one.

Make your own conclusions regarding what's so important these days that Japanese atrocities needed to be diminished.

by Sargon on Fri Dec 14th, 2007 at 04:30:19 AM EST
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