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China applies for UNESCO listing of Nanjing documents

English.news.cn   2014-06-12 00:23:28

NANJING, June 11 (Xinhua) -- China is applying to UNESCO to list 11 sets of documents relating to the 1937 Nanjing Massacre on the Memory of the World Register.

The documents are first-hand materials that recorded the massacre, and are of historical importance, said Zhu Chengshan, curator of the memorial hall of the victims, on Wednesday.

Preparation work began in 2009, and the application process started in March this year, when the State Archives Administration handed the documents to the Memory of the World secretariat, according to Zhu, who initiated the application.

The documents, which include diaries, films, photographs and testimonies, depict the brutality of Japanese invaders in the massacre, Zhu told Xinhua.

"These documents truthfully record the atrocities," Zhu said.

On Tuesday, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying confirmed that China had applied to UNESCO to list documents relating to the massacre and Japan's wartime sex slaves, so-called "comfort women", on the Memory of the World Register.

Created in 1997, the register protects documentary heritage.

Historians estimate that 200,000 women were forced into sexual servitude by Japanese forces during WWII, most of them from countries invaded by Japan at that time.

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China rejects Japan's protest over "comfort women"

BEIJING, June 11 (Xinhua) -- China on Wednesday rejected Japan's call for it to withdraw an application to register records of Japan's wartime sex slaves with UNESCO.

"We will not accept Japan's unreasonable protest, and will not drop our application," said Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a daily news briefing.  Full story

"Comfort women," a tragic group that deserves remembrance

BEIJING, June 11 (Xinhua) -- The war-time sex slaves, or "comfort women," who were forcefully drafted by the Japanese army during World War II, should be remembered forever for their suffering, so as to remind the world that history should never repeat itself.

China has applied to UNESCO for the latter to preserve archives related to atrocities committed by the Japanese military 70 years ago.   Full story

 
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