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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Remarks on Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Statement on the 70th Anniversary of the End of the War

2015-08-15

Q: On 14 August, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made a statement on the 70th anniversary of the end of the war. What is the comment of the Chinese side?

A: The Chinese side has taken note of the statement made by the Japanese leader. Executive Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui has already expressed China's solemn position to Japanese Ambassador to China Masato Kitera. The wars of aggression launched by Japanese militarism inflicted untold sufferings on the people of China and other victim countries in Asia. To face up to that part of history is important for keeping in mind the lessons of history and upholding justice; it is an important basis for Japan to improve relations with its neighbors in Asia; it is also the prerequisite for a better future. Today, as the international community marks the 70th anniversary of the victory of the Second World War, Japan should have made an explicit statement on the nature of the war of militarism and aggression and its responsibility on the wars, made sincere apology to the people of victim countries, and made a clean break with the past of militarist aggression, rather than being evasive on this major issue of principle.

The question of history has a direct bearing on the political basis of China-Japan relations, and it affects the sentiments of the Chinese people. The Chinese side has always stood for taking history as a mirror to guide the future. Only by facing history squarely can one open up the future. The Chinese side urges the Japanese side to fully abide by the serious statements and commitments it has made to the Chinese side on the question of history since the normalization of China-Japan relations, face squarely the history of aggression and do serious soul searching about it, stick to the path of peaceful development, and take credible actions to win the trust of its neighbors in Asia and the international community.

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