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China marks Nanjing massacre amid tense Japan ties

Published on Dec 13, 2012 9:00 PM

NANJING, China (AFP) - Sirens wailed in China's Nanjing city on Thursday, 75 years after Japanese troops embarked on mass killing and rape, as a modern-day territorial row between the two saw Tokyo scrambling fighter jets.

The two countries - the world's second- and third-largest economies - have extensive trade and business links, but the weight of Japan's wartime atrocities still bears heavily on their relationship.

Nearly 10,000 people sang the Chinese national anthem at a commemoration at the Nanjing Massacre Museum, as soldiers in dress uniforms carried memorial wreaths across a stage and officials urged remembrance of the past.

Beforehand, an elderly woman cried as she placed flowers by the names of family members listed among the victims on a grey stone wall, and a group of Chinese and Japanese Buddhist monks chanted sutras to pray for world peace.

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