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Chinese President Xi forgoes attending national ceremony for victims of Nanjing Incident

  • December 14, 2018
  • , Asahi, Yomiuri, Nikkei
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Asahi wrote that Chinese President Xi and other senior government officials did not attend a national ceremony held at a memorial hall in Nanjing on Thursday to commemorate victims of the 1937 Nanjing Incident committed by the Imperial Japanese Army. The paper speculated that Xi’s absence from the ceremony indicates China’s consideration for Japan. Deputy Chairman Wang Qishan of the National People’s Congress delivered remarks at the event, saying that the incident is a dark memory of Japan’s wartime aggression that humankind can never forget. However, he added that it is important for Japan and China to work together as neighbors to contribute to world peace.  


Thursday evening’s Nikkei noted that although President Xi attended the ceremony in 2017 for the first time in three years, he chose to skip it this year. Thursday evening’s Yomiuri wrote that Wang, in referring to the 40th anniversary this year of the signing of a Japan-China peace and friendship treaty, said that the two nations will contribute to world peace.

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