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Tokyo urged to end militarism

Updated: 2014-01-08 08:16
By Li Xiaokun and Ren Qi ( China Daily)

Foreign Ministry calls comments from envoy 'unreasonable'

Japan has to rid itself of the "demon" of militarism to regain trust from the international community, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday, after the war of words between the neighbors escalated, even embroiling a fictional Harry Potter villain.

In an article published in the Daily Telegraph on Sunday, Japanese Ambassador to the United Kingdom Keiichi Hayashi said China risks playing "the role of Voldemort in the region by letting loose the evil of an arms race and escalation of tensions, although Japan will not escalate the situation from its side".

Tokyo urged to end militarism