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China urges Japan to learn from germany's example

China Daily | Updated: 2014-06-07 07:20

China urged Japan on Friday to reflect on its past aggressions and correct mistakes with practical actions, as D-Day commemorations were held.

Ties between China and Japan worsened on Dec 26 when Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited the Yasukuni Shrine, a symbol of Tokyo's past militarism that honors war criminals along with millions of war dead.

"Germany's sincere remorse has earned it the world's trust," Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said at a news conference when asked about the D-Day anniversary.

"But in Asia, on the Asian battlefield, the leaders of Japan, which caused harm and which lost the war, are to this day trying to reverse the course of history and deny their history of invasion," Hong said.

"What Japanese leaders are doing has been widely condemned in the international community. We urge Japan's leaders to face up to and deeply reflect on the history of invasion and to take real steps to correct their mistakes to win the trust of their neighbors in Asia and in the international community."


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