Feb. 22 (Bloomberg) -- The Chinese city of Nanjing cut ties with Nagoya in Japan after its mayor denied that Japanese troops killed tens of thousands of Nanjing citizens in 1937.
The denial of the Nanjing Massacre “seriously damages the feelings of the people of Nanjing,” the city said in a posting on its official Sina Corp. microblog yesterday. “Nanjing is temporarily cutting off official contacts with Nagoya’s government.”
The Chinese government, which filed a formal protest over the remarks by Mayor Takashi Kawamura, supports the decision by Nanjing city officials, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said at a regular briefing in Beijing today. Nanjing and Nagoya are sister cities.
Kawamura was quoted by the Kyodo News Agency as telling a visiting Nanjing official on Feb. 20 that he believed only “conventional acts of combat” took place in Nanjing, not rape and mass murder.
Japan occupied large sections of China during a 1937-1945 war in which millions of Chinese died. Tens of thousands were killed during the 1937 sacking of Nanjing, which was the capital of the Nationalist government at the time.
--With assistance from Regina Tan in Beijing. Editors: Nicholas Wadhams, Mark Williams
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