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Foreign minister chides Japan's 'lack of common sense'

By Zhang Yunbi (China Daily)

08:50, May 29, 2013

Wang Yi Foreign Minister

Tokyo should not make remarks that show "a lack of common sense" regarding key postwar documents and Japan's history of stealing China's territory, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Monday.

The minister was responding to Tokyo's rejection of Premier Li Keqiang's warning about Japan's challenge to postwar order.

Li warned Japan on Sunday against any attempt to ignore key legal documents that returned occupied islands to China.

The premier gave the warning in a speech after his visit to the Cecilienhof palace in Potsdam, Germany, where the Potsdam Proclamation was issued in 1945, which outlined the terms for Japan's surrender in World War II.

Li stressed that Article 8 of the proclamation makes clear that "the terms of the Cairo Declaration shall be carried out", adding that the declaration states that all territories that Japan stole from China, such as Northeast China, Taiwan and related islands, should be returned to China.

According to key documents, China's Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea, which were stolen by the Japanese government during the Sino-Japanese war (1894-95), should be returned to China.

"Chinese people will not accept any comments or actions that seek to deny or glorify the history of fascist aggression; nor are these acceptable to the forces of justice elsewhere that value peace," Li said.

Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said at a news conference on Monday that Li's remark "ignores history", and that Japan "can never accept it", Kyodo News Agency reported.

Sino-Japanese relations have been strained since the Japanese government illegally "nationalized" part of the Diaoyu Islands in September.

"We urge such people to become sincere students once again, to have another look at the Declaration of Cairo and the Potsdam Proclamation, and never again say such words that defy common sense," Wang said.

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