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Chinese ambassador urges Japan to reflect on attitude to history


09:42, November 04, 2012

LONDON, Nov. 3 (Xinhua) -- If Japan really wants to live in peace with its Asian neighbors, it should take a hard look at its attitude toward history and learn from Germany in this respect, says China's ambassador to Britain.

In an article published on Friday's Financial Times, Liu Xiaoming noted that "Japan has never seriously reflected on its behavior during the Second World War."

Senior Japanese officials often pay tribute to Yasukuni Shrine, where WWII war criminals are enshrined, and Japanese leaders' occasionally offered grudging apologies "have never convinced its neighbours," he said.

"Worshipping war criminals is serious, but unjust territorial claims are dangerous," he added, referring to Japan's recent provocations over China's Diaoyu Islands.

Abundant historical records show that Diaoyu Islands have been an integral part of China's territory for centuries, the ambassador said.

The islands and Taiwan were seized by Japan during the first Sino-Japanese War in 1895. However, the Cairo Declaration signed by the leaders of China, Britain and the United States in 1943 stated in explicit terms: "All the territories Japan has stolen from the Chinese" shall be restored to China.

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