After announcing that former Nanjing WWII “comfort stations” would be converted into conservation units and submitting Unit 731 ruins in Harbin to the UNESCO World Heritage List, Chinese authorities now carrying out plans to send an application to UNESCO to preserve the archives containing details on the Nanjing massacre and the sexual abuse of “comfort women” during WWII.
Their scope is to make the Nanjing massacre and the “comfort women” history part of the United Nations Memory of the World Programme, among other Chinese documentaries already registered.
China Daily quotes Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying as saying on Tuesday that “the applications aims to remember the history, cherish the peace and avert similar inhuman atrocities from taking place again.”
This latest movement from the Chinese authorities added more pressure to the already heated relationship with Japan. According to Bloomberg, Japan already urged China to withdraw the UN application.
Bloomberg also cites Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga as saying: “At a time when both Japan and China need to make efforts to improve ties, it is extremely regrettable that China is playing up one part of our shared past unnecessarily, a negative heritage, and using UNESCO for political purposes.” and mention that “he said Japan protested to China via its embassy in Tokyo, and called for the withdrawal of the application.”
The whole dispute between the two countries regarding the Nanjing massacre in 1937 is regrettable; moreover as Japanese people and others claim that the Nanjing Massacre “never happened“.
By Andreea Dragut
[Photo: China News Service / Yang Bo via ECNS]