by Dr Anthony Pun
Media Release: 13 December 2015
Second Chinese National Memorial Day
commemorating Nanjing Massacre 13 Dec 1937
CCTV America broadcasting the Chinese National Memorial Day Service in Nanjing
Today, Sunday 13 December 2015 is the Second National Memorial Day for the Nanjing Massacre where 30,000 Chinese were victims of Japanese atrocities in China from 13 December 1937 to January 1938.
In the inaugural National Memorial held last year, President Xi Jinping’s address still rings in our ears when he said:
The world must never forget the tragic events of 1937.
To forget the history, would be a betrayal of those crimes.
To deny those crimes, would compound those crimes.
Any attempt to ignore history,
Or any rhetoric that glorify the nature of such aggression,
No matter how many times it has repeated
Or how self-righteous it is, jeopardises the peace
and justice of the human race.
All people who want peace and justice, must be alerted to such rhetoric
and such actions, and oppose them with firmness.
At the second Chinese National Memorial Day held in Nanjing today, the address by Mr Li Jianguo, Vice-Chairman, National People’s Congress Standing Committee (pictured above) echoed the same sentiments as President Xi Jinping.
The Memorial is firstly dedicated to the 30,000 victims who lost their lives, and an official condolence to the families who have lost their loved ones. The second message is about the folly of denial of the Nanjing “holocaust”. There is no intention whatsoever for prolonged hatred or take revenge against Japan, but to remind the world that the denial of such atrocities is a barrier to world peace.
The wide overseas Chinese diaspora have learned this infamous historical incident in Nanjing through their parents or grandparents, who ensured that such atrocities should not be forgotten by their descendants despite them living overseas. We, as overseas Chinese would also join in with the National Memorial Day service in spirit and express our condolence to the descendants of the victims.
Chinese Australians have protested in front of the Japanese Embassy in Canberra seeking an apology for the Nanjing massacre in in February 2000 and opposed Japan entry into the UN Security Council (2005) because Japan still denies the Nanjing Massacre and offered no apology. The media reports on the “Protest at Japanese Embassy in Canberra – Australian Chinese Daily” and “On China-Japan relations – Singtao 2005” and “Japan bid for UN Security Council Seat – Singtao 2005) are attached below.
According to Associated Press, “Relations between the two countries, which are linked by billions of dollars in trade and investment, have worsened in the past few years over disputed islands in the East China Sea, Japanese politicians’ visits to a Tokyo shrine honouring war dead, and remarks seen as minimizing Japan’s war guilt”.
We call on Japan to make amends by acknowledging and making apology for their atrocities in China in order that mutual economic relations remains a win-win for both countries and a contribution to world peace and prosperity.
Dr Anthony Pun, OAM
Dr Anthony Pun, OAM
National President, CCCA