22 Feb '12, 5am

Nanjing halts ties with Japanese city over massacre denial

BEIJING (AFP) - Chinese authorities in Nanjing have suspended official contacts with Nagoya after the Japanese city's mayor cast doubt over the well-documented massacre of Chinese civilians by Japanese troops in 1937. China says 300,000 people were killed that year in an orgy of murder, rape and destruction when the eastern city of Nanjing - then the capital - fell to the Japanese army, and the incident has haunted Sino-Japanese ties ever since. According to Japan's Kyodo news agency, Takashi Kawamura, mayor of Nagoya, told Liu Zhiwei, a high-level Chinese official visiting from Nanjing, that he believes only 'conventional acts of combat' took place. During talks on Monday between the two - whose cities were twinned in 1978 - Mr Kawamura, whose father was in Nanjing in 1945 at the end of the Japanese occupation of China, reportedly denied that mass murders and rapes happen...

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