China tells Japan: Face up to history
DELHI - China's premier urged Japan on Tuesday to "face up to history" by admitting the suffering it caused in World War Two, and seriously reconsider its bid for a U.N. Security Council seat after protests in China and elsewhere.
Premier Wen Jiabao said Japan must "face up to history squarely", and said the protests should give Tokyo serious pause for thought about its bid for a permanent council seat.
"The strong responses from the Asian people should make the Japanese government have deep and profound reflections," Wen told reporters in New Delhi.
"Only a country that respects history, takes responsibility for past history and wins over the trust of people in Asia and the world at large can take greater responsibility in the international community," he said.
Over the weekend, protesters chanted anti-Japan slogans, and marched from Zhongguancun in northwestern Beijing to the Japanese embassy in eastern Beijing, denouncing Japanese right-wing’s efforts to whitewash its wartime atrocities by adopting a distorted history book.
Japanese leaders have demanded an apology and compensation for the damage caused by the protesters.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said on the same day that the responsibility for the current situation of Sino-Japanese relations does not lie with China.
"Japan must adopt an earnest attitude and appropriate ways to deal with major principled issues concerning the feelings of the Chinese people," he said, "The Japanese have to do more things conducive to enhancing mutual trust and maintaining the relations between the two countries, rather than doing the reverse."
China supports India's bid for UNSC
"We fully understand and support the Indian aspiration to play an even bigger role in international affairs and in the UN," Premier Wen said while addressing a question at a press conference before winding up his four-day visit to India.
He said he had conveyed the support to Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during their talks here.
China attaches "great importance" to India's role in both international and
regional affairs, Wen said, adding "India is a very populous developing country
and also a very important developing country".