China marks 70 years since Rape of Nanking
Seven decades after Japanese soldiers poured through the old city walls of Nanjing , launching a six-week killing spree known as the Nanjing Massacre, the memories are still raw for
"I really hate the Japanese," Zhang said, dissolving into tears."I have repeated this thousands of times. I really, really hate them."
Now 81, Zhang was only 11 during the infamous Japanese rampage, a seizure so violent that it's also known as the Rape of Nanking, the city's former name.
For Zhang, that's an accurate description, for she, too, was raped.
China this week marks the 70th anniversary of the
massacre, reopening the Memorial Hall to the Victims
after a two-year $33 million face-lift. But China
treads a fine line as it promotes condemnation of the
massacre while trying to protect trade and diplomatic
relations with Japan , which are on the mend after
years of severe stress.
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