Chinese Heir Apparent in Japan

Xi Jinping, the current consensus candidate to succeed Hu Jintao in about three years’ time, is on a tour of Japan.  He has met, not without excitement or a bit of controversy in Tokyo, Akihito, the Japanese emperor.

via Xinhua, click image for story in Chinese

Oddly enough, December 13 was the anniversary of the Rape of Nanking; Xinhua quietly issued a few new photographs of the battle for Nanking, seeming far more interested in achieving present aims with Japan than settling past scores.

Japanese artillerymen fire a 105 mm cannon into Nanking, December 1937 -- click for link to the grainy gallery

Xinhua is, naturally, following Xi’s trip ardently.

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