(Yearender-Series-Japan) Backgrounder: China's stance on relations with Japan

December 15, 2014 1:12 pm 

BEIJING, Dec. 14 — China and Japan, whose relations have been constantly troubled by Japan's increasingly right-tilting moves over the past few years, have reached four-point agreement in November. Now the onus is on Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to walk his talk.

The following are China's statements on major Japanese senseless moves affecting bilateral relations in 2014.

ON DENIAL OF HISTORY

On Dec. 13, Chinese President Xi Jinping said that denial of the Nanjing Massacre will not be allowed by the Chinese people or peace-loving people anywhere in the world.

The Nanjing Massacre, committed by Japanese aggressors, was one of three major massacres during WWII. It was an atrocious anti-human crime and a dark page in the history of humanity, Xi said while addressing a state commemoration for China's first National Memorial Day for Nanjing Massacre Victims.

"Anyone who tries to deny the massacre will not be allowed by history, the souls of the 300,000 deceased victims, the 1.3 billion Chinese people, and all people who love peace and justice in the world," Xi said.

ON MILITARISM

On July 1, China urged Japan to respect Asian neighbors' security concerns and not to harm China's sovereignty and security interests, as Japan approved a resolution that allows its military buildup in Asia.

The statement came after the Japanese cabinet rubber-stamped the resolution to allow the country to exercise the right of collective self-defense by reinterpreting the pacifist Constitution, thus paving the way for Japanese forces to fight abroad.

"We urge the Japanese side to earnestly respect legitimate security concerns of its Asian neighbors, deal with relevant issues with discretion, not to harm the national sovereignty and security interests of China or undermine regional peace and stability," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said.

ON NAMING ISLETS OF DIAOYU ISLANDS

On Aug. 1, China opposed Japan's naming of five islets belonging to the Diaoyu Islands, saying the move is illegal and invalid.

"China resolutely opposes Japan's move to undermine its territorial sovereignty as the Diaoyu Island and its affiliated islands are China's territory and have been already named by the country," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said in a statement.

"Japan's unilateral measure is illegal and invalid and cannot change the fact that the Diaoyu Island and its affiliated islands are part of China's territory," the spokesman said.

ON VISITS TO YASUKUNI SHRINE

On Aug. 15, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said China "firmly opposed" the offering and visit to the Yasukuni Shrine by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his cabinet ministers.

"The Yasukuni Shrine honors 14 convicted Class-A Japanese war criminals from World War II and glorifies its history of aggression," Hua said. "The visit and offering again reflect the Japanese government's wrong attitude toward historical issues."

Hua said only when Japan faces up to and reflects on its invasion history and draws the line at militarism can China-Japan relations achieve sound and stable development. (PNA/Xinhua)

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