Japan slammed for smearing China's image
Updated: 2005-12-31 06:57
China on Friday expressed strong indignation at the Japanese government's
association of the suicide of a staff member at the Japanese Consulate General
in Shanghai with the so-called "actions of Chinese agents."
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said it was a vicious act by
Japan to intentionally smear China's image.
Japan said on Wednesday that local Chinese security authoritieswere believed
to have taken regrettable actions behind the scene of the suicide in May last
The Japanese Foreign Ministry press secretary alleged the Chinese agents'
actions were in violation of the Vienna Conventionon Consular Relations, and
claimed that since the incident occurred, the Japanese government had lodged
protests and sought the "truth" of the case.
"It is a suicide case, and China and Japan had clearly defined the nature of
the case one year and a half before," Qin told the press when asked to comment
on Japan's recent allegations.
"Japan has completely ulterior motives to raise the old story again," Qin
said, expressing strong indignation at the Japanese government for having taken
such a vile action to intentionally destroy China's image.