Monday, December 15, 2014

The 'Rape of Nanjing' Remembered



 
On Saturday, Chinese President Xi Jinping presided over his country's first state commemoration of the Nanjing massacre (or often referred to as the 'Rape of Nanjing').
 
China says 300,000 civilians were slaughtered over a period of six weeks when the city was occupied by Japanese troops in 1937, although Japan disputes these figures.
 
It was on this very day on December 13 that the first troops of Japan’s Central China Front Army, commanded by General Matsui Iwane, entered Nanjing. Chinese soldiers were summarily killed but civilians were not spared. Entire families were massacred, and even the elderly and infants were targeted for execution. And tens of thousands of women were raped. Bodies littered the streets for months after the attack. Determined to destroy the city, the Japanese looted and burned at least one-third of the city’s buildings.
 




 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Photo found at komalgupta.wordpress.com
 
Xi told survivors that to deny a crime was to repeat it but insisted the ceremony was to promote peace, not prolong hatred. The ceremony, which came on the 77th anniversary of the massacre, is part of three new public holidays intended to mark the conflict between the two countries.
 
Both China and Japan are periodically sparring over the latter’s brutal occupation of China during World War Two. Beijing says Tokyo has never properly apologized or atoned for its wartime past.
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Malaysian Insider pic by Nazir Sufari, December 08, 2014
 
20 cows, 4 workers and dilapidated buildings are what’s left at the abandoned 2,000ha National Feedlot Centre in Gemas, Negri Sembilan – a depressing picture of godforsaken desolation that once embraced the government’s ambitious goal to make it Malaysia's premier beef exporter. Not to mention a lawsuit hanging over its management for failing to repay a RM250 million government loan.
 
This is how the government spends taxpayers’ hard-earned money!

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