China urges Japan to treasure peace at Nanjing Massacre memorial
2017-12-13 14:13:00

China urges Japan to safeguard world peace and remember history, Yu Zhengsheng, chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) said on Wednesday, while the country remembered the victims killed by Japanese troops during the war of aggression.

Japanese invaders started a full-scale invasion of China on July 7, 1937, and it brought catastrophe to the Chinese people, Yu said.

On December 13, 1937, the invaders brutally took over Nanjing and the horrendous massacre began. An estimated 300,000 Chinese civilians and soldiers were killed, he added.

Yu made the remarks at a state memorial ceremony to mark the 80th anniversary of the Nanjing Massacre in the city of Nanjing, east China's Jiangsu Province.

China holds a memorial ceremony for victims killed in China's War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression in Nanjing, December 13, 2017. /Xinhua Photo

Chinese President Xi Jinping and other leaders attended the memorial.

Yu urged Japan to remember history and the victims killed during China's resistance against Japaneseinvasion. He said over 35 million Chinese people died during the 14 years of fighting against Japan's invasion, and called for efforts to maintain world peace.

"Today we are here solemnly remembering the deceased, which means Chinese people are holding a firm stance on peaceful growth," Yu said.

China will never seek hegemony and expansion, and will never put other nations through the pain that the Chinese people have suffered, he said.

Yu said this year marks the 45th anniversary of the normalization of China-Japan diplomatic ties and urged the Japanese government to safeguard world peace, which will benefit the people of the two countries.

Source: CGTN Editor: Hiram