December 13

The Anniversary of the Nanjing Massacre and Rising Chinese Nationalism

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The Anniversary of the Nanjing Massacre and Rising Chinese Nationalism

Xi Jinping gave a speech at the 77th anniversary of the Nanjing Massacre memorial event that shamed Japanese massacre deniers.

BBC quoted Xi as saying,

“Anyone who tries to deny the massacre will not be allowed by history, the souls of the 300,000 deceased victims, 1.3 billion Chinese people and all people loving peace and justice in the world.”

A subtle jab at Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo who visited the Yasukuni Shrine, where some of the commanders who were found guilty by the military tribunal for involvement in the incident are enshrined?

While there is an annual ceremony at the Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall, this is the first year the president has presided over a national event and the first year it has been a national holiday. It is one of three holidays recently implemented as memorials to Sino-Japanese War-related incidents, according to the BBC.

Another holiday, according to Business Week, is Victory Day of the Chinese People’s War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression on September 3. That is a reference to the day Japan signed the documents of surrender.

Walking around in Nanjing today, you could people visiting the monumental stone near Hanzhong Gate where Chinese sources say 2,000 people were killed 77 years ago.

They left flowers:
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A banner near the monument tells people not to forget national humiliation and to realize the Chinese dream:
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The anniversary got much coverage in local media:
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