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China, Nanjing. A man is entering the Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall. In December 1937, Japanese troops captured Nanjing, then capital of China. A period of violence ensued, in what has become known as the Nanjing Massacre in which, according to Chinese sources, more that 300,000 people were killed. The Nanjing Massacre marked the peak of the long process that Chinese describe today as ''the century of humiliation". Decades after, it remains deeply entrenched in the Chinese psyche and the memories of the massacre are kept alive by an endless flow of films, TV serials and books. Chinese claim that, unlike the Germans in Europe after the end of World War II, Japanese have never fully apologized for the massacre. Japanese retort that more than one of their head of government has publicly declared that the country regrets the massacre and condemn its perpetrators. The relation between the two neighbours remains marked by mutual suspicion and mistrust. Every day, thousand of Chinese citizens coming from all over the country visit the Nanjing Massacre Memorial, built after the foundation of the People's Republic of China..
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