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The Sino-Japanese War was the introduction to World War II in Asia in 1937 One major event during this war occurred in December of 1937 when the Japanese captured Chinas capital Nanking and the Rape of Nanking began The Rape of Nanking was a horrific event that occurred over a time period of about 6 weeks and consisted of various atrocities including rape and the testing of chemical weapons on civilians This event sparked both the Sino-Japanese War and World War II in the Pacific and was one of multiple atrocities that the Japanese brought upon the Chinese during this time period Today however the two nations are forced to cooperate due to their current economic relationship Although Japanese atrocities during World War II including the Rape of Nanking created tensions between the two Asian superpowers of China and Japan due to Japans attitude and denial concerning the atrocities there is now a vital relationship between the countries yielding economic and trade benefitsThe Rape of Nanking was the most horrendous war atrocity brought upon the Chinese by the Japanese primarily because of the horrific actions performed that are still present in the nations current relationship 700000 chemical weapons were estimated to be used and tested on the Chinese Additionally the death and rape tolls were extremely high for example an estimated 200000 people were killed and 20000 women and girls were raped In 2006 the New York Times interviewed victims and soldiers of the massacre A Chinese man explained how when he was just 9 he watched a soldier bayonet his mother to death as she breast fed his brother and another man described how he saw his 13-year-old sister refuse to be raped and then be sliced in half by a soldier Japanese soldiers describe watching parents plead for their daughters to be spared as the soldiers raped them elderly women describe the rapes
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