NANJING, Dec. 27 (Xinhuanet) -- China has published a
series of historical documents on the notorious Nanjing Massacre in a bid to
reflect history truthfully, objectively and comprehensively.
The series contains 28 volumes, with the first eight issued in July this year and the remainder issued Tuesday in
Nanjing, capital of east China's Jiangsu Province.
Its compilers consist of more than 60 professors and
scholars from Nanjing University, Nanjing Normal University, Jiangsu Provincial
Academy of Social Sciences, the Second China Historical Archives, Nanjing
Municipal Historical Archives, Jiangsu Provincial Administrative College and
Central China Normal University.
"It took us five years to complete the painstaking work,"
said Dr. and Prof. Zhang Xianwen of Nanjing University, also chief editor of the
series, at Tuesday's launch ceremony in Nanjing.The compilers went to the United
States, Japan, Britain, Germany and Taiwan to collect historical materials
during the past few years.
Zhang added that they had collected, compiled and
translated a total of 15 million words of original materials in Chinese,
Japanese, English and German."The series contains many first-hand materials of
inflicters, victims and third parties. It has a very precious historical value,"
"Not a single sentence or word of compilers has been
inserted into the content and the original appearance of the historical
materials was thus kept," he said."In addition, many materials are being
published for the first time," he added.
The last and also the 28th volume contains 880 picture and
photos offered by former Japanese army officers and soldiers and by people from
the United States and European countries, which truthfully record the atrocities
committed by the Japanese troops in Nanjing 68 years ago.
Japanese troops occupied Nanjing on Dec. 13, 1937 and
launched a six-week long massacre. Historical records show that more than
300,000 Chinese people, not only disarmed soldiers but also civilians, were
slain in the holocaust.Due to controversial shrine visits, history textbook
distortions and unilateral oil field exploration, Japan has experienced chilly
relations with China this year.
In 2005, the relations between the two countries reached a
nadir since the bilateral ties were normalized in 1972, diplomatic observers