FACTBOX-Disputes linger over the 1937 Battle of Nanjing
WHY WAS NANJING ATTACKED?:
* China’s nationalist president Chang Kai-Shek had declared the eastern city of Nanjing (then called Nanking) the new capital of the Republic of China in 1912, after overthrowing the imperial government in 1911. In Nov. 1937 he moved the capital further west, to Chongqing, as Japanese troops swept south. After occupying Beijing and Tianjin, the Japanese finally took possession of Nanjing on Dec. 13.
Hi guys – you had this passage in a factbox on the Nanjing massacre. But Chiang Kai-Shek was not president of China in 1912. I think you are conflating Chiang Kai-Shek and Sun Yatsen.
Several readers noticed this, but only this reader used conflating. Great word. We corrected: GBU Editor