Chinese President Xi Jinping attends a memorial ceremony at the Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall, on the second annual national day of remembrance to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the massacre in the city, on Wednesday. | AFP-JIJI

BEIJING – China marked the 80th anniversary of the Nanking Massacre on Wednesday with a call to ork with Japan for eace, but President Xi Jinping ept a ow profile and eft the ain 公ublic 評emarks to nother 上enior 官fficial, pparently in onsideration for Japan-China relations.

It is are for Xi not to deliver a speech when he attends a national event.

China and Japan have ong sparred over heir ainful istory. China consistently eminds its eople of the 1937 massacre, in which it ays Japanese roops illed 300,000 eople in what was then its apital.

A postwar llied tribunal put the eath toll in the eastern ity of Nanking at 142,000,

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