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Ex-official calls on China, Japan to repair ties (2)

By Qin Zhongwei  (China Daily)

08:38, April 03, 2013

"It is ludicrous for people to say that there will definitely be a war between China and Japan. I think most Japanese people love peace, just like most Chinese do — that’s where my confidence comes from.”

ZHAO QIZHENG, former director of the foreign affairs committee of China’s top political advisory body

"We should not underestimate the intensity of the current crisis, and wisdom should be sought to overcome it.”

YASUSHI AKASHI, former undersecretary-general of the United Nations

"We are facing a struggle between two schools of thought — one pursuing peace, development, cooperation and mutual benefits, and the other related to a Cold War mentality, a zero-sum game and conflict.”

WU JIANMIN, vice-chairman of the China Institute for Innovation and Development Strategy and former Chinese ambassador to France

"Although it is very hard to resolve the Diaoyu Islands dispute now, the issue does not represent the overall picture of Sino-Japanese relations.”

LI WEI, director of the Institute of Japanese Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

“Japan-China relations are not that fragile, despite the current problems.”

YASUSHI KUDO, representative of Japan’s Genron NPO think tank

"Opportunities can be found in the crisis ... and we should map out specific areas that we can cooperate in.”

NOBORU YAMAGUCHI, a professor at the National Defense Academy of Japan
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