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China holds 2nd Nanjing Massacre memorial: Cherishing peace, expecting better future

Editor: Li Kun 丨CCTV.com

12-14-2015 16:32 BJT

By Gu Jianjun, PhD, Central Compilation and Translation Bureau

Dec. 13 is the National Memorial Day. China held a memorial for Nanjing Massacre victims in Nanjing city, east China on Sunday. Li Jianguo, member of Political Bureau of CPC Central Committee and vice chairman of Standing Committee of National People's Congress (China's top legislature), addressed the event at Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall.


A series of memorial activities were held in many areas of China, including the opening of a comfort women memorial hall, home fete of family dependents of the deceased, publications of books on wars and candlelight memorials.  

Japanese troops captured Nanjing, then China's capital, on Dec. 13, 1937 and started a campaign of slaughter lasting longer than a month. More than 300,000 unarmed Chinese civilians and soldiers were murdered and over 20,000 women were raped. This is a cruel fascist atrocity.

After World War II, the International Military Tribunal of the Far East and China's Military Tribunal for War Criminals conducted investigations on the Nanjing Massacre and brought Japanese war criminals to trials for justice.   

China and the United States co-collected video testimonies on the Nanjing Massacre; Labbe Cemetery was opened in Berlin, Germany; on Oct.9, 2015, Nanjing Massacre documents were inscribed on the Memory of the World Register by the International Advisory Committee of UNESCO's Memory of the World Programme. Accordingly, the Nanjing Massacre was lifted from Chinese memory to the world's memory. 

In a tribute, China's top legislature designated Dec. 13 as National Memorial Day for Nanjing Massacre Victims in February 2014 to highlight that all reasonable people should cherish peace and that history should be remembered to promote a peaceful future.

The year 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the victory of Chinese People's War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression and the World's Anti-fascist War. China held the second national memorial, where 78 teenagers read the Declaration of Peace to evoke people's will to cherish and safeguard peace.

Taking history as a mirror and looking up to the future, Beijing seeks friendly cooperation with Tokyo to strive for world peace and promote human progress. Nevertheless, some Japanese right wing groups have attempted to distort history and deny the Nanjing Massacre. It is time for them to demonstrate deep and profound reflections.


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