China marked in low-key fashion its second national memorial day for the Nanjing Massacre on Sunday, with President Xi Jinping skipping the main event and a relatively junior official leading the somber ceremony instead.
China and Japan have long sparred over their painful history. China consistently reminds its people of the 1937 massacre in which it says Japanese troops killed 300,000 people in its then capital.
While last year Xi went to Nanjing to mark China’s first formal memorial day for the massacre, this year Li Jianguo, a vice chairman of the standing committee for China’s largely rubber stamp parliament, gave the main speech. Read More