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Japan should learn to get along with neighbors, says FM


08:28, October 19, 2012

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei held a press conference on October 18, 2012 (Photo/ Foreign Ministry of China)

BEIJING, 0ct. 18 (Xinhua) -- Japan should reflect on its history and think seriously about how to get along with its neighbors, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said Thursday.

He made the comments after Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba's territorial claim over the Diaoyu Islands in his contributing piece to a French newspaper, Le Figaro.

Gemba alleged in the article that the islands are "clearly an integral part of Japanese territory," and "it is totally unjustified to push through its claims by using violence and ignoring global rules."

The Diaoyu Island and its affiliated islands have been a sacred part of Chinese territory since ancient times, for which China has ample historical and legal evidence, Hong said.

Japan occupied the Diaoyu Island and its affiliated islands 117 years ago, during its expansion and aggression era.

Hong added that Japan then violated the obligations set in the Cairo Declaration and Potsdam Proclamation after World War II, refusing to return the Diaoyu Islands to China, which denied the outcomes of victory in the war and challenged the post-war international order.

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