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UPDATED: 08:07, October 28, 2005
China hopes Japan take action to fulfill its promise, FM spokesman
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China urged Japan to take action to fulfil its promise on reviewing invasion war, and never do anything more to hurt the feelings of the Chinese people, said a Foreign Ministry spokesman on Thursday.

"The Japanese side should fully realize the seriousness of this matter," said Kong Quan, adding that Japan should earnestly win trust from the Asian neighbors and international community.

When commenting on Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's plea on his current visit to the Yasukuni Shrine, Kong said the responsibility for the current difficult relations between China and Japan does not lie in China.

A right-wing force in Japan has always beautified the invasion war launched by the Japanese militarism, and refused to admit the crimes of aggression, Kong said.

"Their acts severely hurt the feeling of the people of all Asian victimized countries, and violate the principles in the three political documents between China and Japan," he said.

As a government leader, Koizumi stubbornly keeps visiting Yasukuni Shrine, which honors 14 Class-A war criminals. "This randomly impairs the political foundation of Sino-Japanese relations," the spokesman said.

He noted in order to safeguard Sino-Japanese friendship as well as peace and stability of the Asia-Pacific region, China, in the principle of learning from history and facing the future, has done a lot of work on the Japanese side, and hopes Koizumi would take attitude of being responsible for history, peoples, and the general situation of Sino-Japanese friendly relations to make a correct political decision on war shrine visiting.

"However, Koizumi insists on acting on his own way and thus constitutes obstacles to normal development of Sino-Japanese relationship," he said.

Source: Xinhua

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