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China Voice: Japan should face up to past, present wrongdoing


08:39, October 30, 2012

BEIJING, Oct. 29 (Xinhua) -- Japan's attitude toward its history and current situation cannot help it win its neighboring countries' trust, and it will not become a real power politically if it does not face up to its wrongdoing committed in the past and at present.

Currently Japan and China, the country it invaded during World War II, are experiencing tension that has been rare in past decades, over the sovereignty of the Diaoyu Islands.

Last week, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Zhijun told reporters that the Diaoyu Islands issue involves China's core interests, so no external threat or pressure can weaken the resolve of the Chinese government and people to uphold its territorial rights.

Tension between the two neighboring countries is still high, one and a half months after the Japanese government announced the "purchase" of part of the Diaoyu Islands, as the Japanese side has not yet fully recognized its wrongdoing on the issue.

The Japanese government said the "nationalization" of the Islands is better than their "purchase" by right-wing activists, a prospect that had also been mooted. But in China's opinion, Japan's attitude is like asking China to choose from two doses of poison, according to Zhang.

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