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Tokyo lodges complaint against Xi Jinping over war-related speech in Germany

PUBLISHED : Monday, 31 March, 2014, 5:19am
UPDATED : Monday, 31 March, 2014, 5:19am
 

Tokyo criticised President Xi Jinping yesterday for making remarks during his trip to Germany about Japan's wartime atrocities, adding that the Japanese government had lodged a protest.

At a think tank forum on Friday in Berlin, Xi criticised Japan's wartime actions, saying the Japanese military killed more than 300,000 people in Nanjing in 1937 when it occupied the Chinese city, Jiji Press and Kyodo News reported.

Xi also said more than 35 million Chinese people were killed or injured as Japan waged a war of aggression stemming from its militarism, Kyodo said.

"It is extremely unproductive that a Chinese leader makes such remarks about Japanese history in a third country," said Yoshihide Suga, Japan's chief cabinet secretary.

He said the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs had lodged a protest with the Chinese government on Saturday.

History bears heavy on the Sino-Japanese relationship, most weightily in Nanjing. Japan invaded China in the 1930s and the two countries fought a full-scale war from 1937-45.

China says more than 300,000 people were slaughtered by Japanese troops during a six-week killing spree that began on December 13, 1937, in the capital then known as Nanking.

Although some foreign academics put the number of deaths much lower, no respected mainstream historians dispute that a massacre took place. However, a handful of Japanese officials - most recently the chief of Japan's public broadcaster - have denied it happened.

Japan, which was occupied after its defeat and became a vibrant liberal democracy, has issued apologies for its wartime conduct in Asia.

But frequent statements by conservative politicians and public figures seemingly stepping back from the apologies or calling into question issues of historical fact have increased suspicion on the country's motives.

Beijing and Tokyo are also locked in a row over the sovereignty of the Diaoyu, or Senkaku, islands in the East China Sea.

On Friday, China berated Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for reportedly drawing an analogy between the crisis in Crimea and the Beijing-Tokyo islands dispute.

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A Matsui
Japan continuously glorify her barbaric war history, complains about losing WW2 due to the two inhuman atomic bombs. At the same time Japan belittle the victims of her barbaric aggression insulting her victims. This is a shameless, mentally unsound, dishonourable people with no future in Asia.
Lolitta Ho
I agree with the previous poster. Japan really committed these war crimes -- that's a fact. By protesting against Xi Jinping's saying it blandly, they are adding salt to the wounds of numerous people, and refusing to admit to these facts.
sng7444
Mr.JAPANESE,, Facts is still facts. Your continuous deniall it is useless as your country slaughtering of those millions were so cruel! You never feel remorsed and never make sincere apologies. Are you still human?? Too bad you only received two hydrogen gifts from American. For your crime in those days, you sh received 10 more gifts of hydrogen then that will make you more human.
Dao-Phooy
These Japanese leaders are so pathetic - can't bear the truth being told.
baysidedweller
What is Suga protesting -that the atrocities never happened or the number of dead on the hands of the Japanese Imperial army??
Why can't the current Japanese administration just come out and admit to their war crimes and move on without nitpicking?
Why do US support Abe's administration as their ally?
Abe will be visiting UK, Germany, France and Belgium before the upcoming G7 summit and I am sure he will present his case and do his "spiel" to "neutralize" Xi's recent visit to Europe. Can he succeed? Probably not.
I Gandhi
Japanese fascist politicians and government officials are totally uncivilised with a criminal nature and are like wild beasts or little monkey children. These scums should be locked up in a zoo and the key thrown away!
Max Diethelm
Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga together with his uncivilised boss Shinzo Abe should be arrested and jailed for life for being a menace to world peace.
I Gandhi
The Japanese government lies about everything like whaling for scientific research (really absurd), Fukushima nuclear disaster being under control (impossible to clean up with hundreds of tons of radioactive water leaking daily into the Pacific Ocean), war-crimes etc. These are a bunch of low-lifes.
pete.wagner.75
Would be interesting to see who else sat in on this "think tank". You would hope Xi is smarter than to go along with the baiting and the divide/control strategy against East Asia.
pete.wagner.75
How does one know the "facts" of the past? One can only really know what remains in the present. But learn about both sides and follow your intuition, knowing that history is mostly spin used for ulterior (divide/control) purposes. But if you really desire to know the truth of the past, stick with first source texts/artifacts only. Ask, are they genuine or fabricated, and under what circumstances were they created and now exist? Indirect sources (books, lectures, movies, etc) have little value beyond the indication of motivations of those who produced them. Don't be manipulated by the manipulators.

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