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Xi Jinping, in Seoul speech, denounces Japan for wartime suffering it inflicted

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 05 July, 2014, 4:02am
UPDATED : Saturday, 05 July, 2014, 11:42am

President Xi Jinping denounced Japan's "barbaric" wartime aggression for creating enormous suffering in China and South Korea in a speech in Seoul yesterday.

Resurgent nationalism in Japan has stoked regional tensions, and Xi and South Korean counterpart Park Geun-hye were both critical of Tokyo.

They used a lunch meeting to attack Japan for recent attempts to play down atrocities committed during the second world war and for lifting the post-war ban on its armed forces fighting abroad.

Xi was speaking on the second and final day of his visit to Seoul, a trip one analyst said both nations had used to firm up an "alliance" on historical issues.

"Park and Xi agreed that it is worrying that Japan's attitude towards revising history continues even as it seeks to expand its right to self-defence," Ju Chul-ki, Seoul's senior presidential secretary for foreign affairs, was quoted by Yonhap News Agency as saying.

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Xinhua reported that the two leaders called attention "to the reality" that many countries around the world, and half of the Japanese people, opposed ending the ban on its Self-Defence Forces fighting abroad.

Speaking at Seoul National University, Xi noted the Chinese and Korean people had both suffered at the hands of Japan.

"In the first half of the 20th century, Japanese militarists carried out barbarous wars of aggression against China and Korea, swallowing up Korea and occupying half of China," Xi said.

He used similar rhetoric when he met the speaker of South Korea's National Assembly, Chung Ui-hwa.

"Past experience, if not forgotten, is a guide for the future," Xinhua quoted Xi as saying.

Xi repeated his call for the two nations to jointly commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of war in the Pacific.

Japan hit back at the two nations.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said: "Any attempt by China and South Korea to coordinate in picking apart past history unnecessarily and making it an international issue is utterly unhelpful for building peace and cooperation in the region."

Xi's trip to South Korea comes at a time of growing concern over security in East Asia. On Thursday, the two nations said they opposed nuclear weapons on the Korean peninsula.

But concerns about Japan appeared to dominate the agenda yesterday. In addition to wartime grievances, Japan also has territorial disputes with Seoul over the Dokdo or Takeshima islands, and with Beijing over the Diaoyu or Senkaku islands.

State-run China Youth Daily ran an advertisement designed by a Korean academic that promoted the name East Sea, as Koreans call the Sea of Japan.

Kim Chul-woo, a senior research fellow at the Korea Institute for Defence Analyses, said Beijing and Seoul were forming an "alliance" on historical issues.

"Strategically, Seoul is still close to the United States. Economically, it tilts towards Beijing. On the historical side, Seoul and Beijing are getting along."

Xi also made conciliatory remarks on China's diplomacy at Seoul National University, reiterating that China would remain a peaceful nation and calling for justice and mutual benefits in international relations.

Several agreements were signed between Chinese and South Korean businesses on the second day of Xi's visit. The Korea Exchange Bank and the Bank of China said they would develop financial products based on the yuan, Yonhap reported.


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China is clearly grooming South Korea as an ally. A smart move - it has been pointed out previously that China is markedly short of allies. But it's also troubling as it is another step in the ratcheting up of military tensions here in Asia. China is surely considering the possibility for war with Japan as a real possibility. Japan would be a vanquishable enemy for China, and doing so would bolster national pride and confidence immensely. Watch out - something will happen.
When I was in HK in the 50s, a big hole was dug in some mountain for a reservoir.
Ten thousands skeletons were discovered.
They were skeletons of Chinese, British, Indians and other nationalities.
The president of HSBC Grayson was tortured by Japanese to death and his bones were perhaps among the ten thousand,
Grayson was indifferent to Japanese aggression in NE china when he told poet WH Auden:" the natives are fighting" when the latter asked him about the atrocities japan had committed in China.
Well, just a few months later, he himself was tortured to death by the ****,
Japan is actively trying to destabilize China through bribery, fabrication of China threat and provocation in East China sea.
The Nationalization of Chinese diaoyu is Japan's attempt to test China's resolve in defending herself.
Japan is handing out cash for Lord Mayor's day in London and music festivities in Europe and bribery in S America to lift whaling bans. A lot of hidden bribery are at work and that is why there is such silence about Abe's butchers and rapists worship in the shrines.
Abe is fingers are in HK too . He knows Chinese are naïve and trusting and can easily fooled.
A divided China will make Abe to swallow piece by piece, first Diaoyu, then Taiwan and then islands along S China sea, etc.
Sadly, many Chinese are unaware of the depth of Abe's evil and unwittingly helped him by fighting each other.
After Vietnamese have killed 4 Chinese and wounded hundreds severely, Abe openly said he would give Vietnam "economic assistance" euphemism for bribery and payments for killing Chinese.
I Gandhi
Shinzo Abe stirred up a hornets nest by being provocative, recalcitrant and belligerent over Japanese murderous barbarous past and playing the slander the victims game. The Japanese have themselves to blame for their barbarous past and indecent present. And by praying to war criminals at the Yasukuni War Shrine and going on the militarist path, Japanes like Shinzo Abe will destroy Japan. Also given US foreign policy, it seems that Americans don't mind the sneak Japanese attack on Pearl harbour in 1941 as that part of history is just history. So the US should shut down the Pearl Harbour memorial. For the Japanese the two atomic bombs dropped on Japan by the US in 1945 is also just a distant memory. After all it's only war. So 911 was also a good thing and it provided a good excuse for the US to launch a terrorist war on Muslims and allow the US to destroy Afghanistan and Iraq.
It's far past time for the Emperor of Japan to get off his tush to settle the issue of what happened prior and including the war. No one else put these matters to rest.
The Japanese governments in charge at the time were doing what they did in the Emperor's name.
PRC south korea tie has got to be the most business driven tie. These two have absolutely nothing in common.
Wasnt China the country that fought a war to crush south Korea? How many Koreans got killed by chinese troups, how many korean town got destryod by Chinese soldiers?
selective memory is can be very handy at times
You maybe correct, but South Korea is not complaining, then why should you?
The current discussion is about Abe not willing to admit Japan's brutal past, China and South Korea are on the same wavelength and that is the story here.
During Vietnam war the current Viet commie in Hanoi with China behind him defeated the American Anglo Saxon and occupied the Republic of Vietnam in 1975, then backed by the then Soviet commie, he occupied Cambodia and Laos and boasted himself as the second mighty military power in the world next to Soviet commie before the American Anglo Saxon and threatened to liberate the whole southeastern Asia ( Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Burma and Indonesia ) from Capitalists' exploitation, time and tide wait for no man, now the Viet commie turns out a running dog for his former enemy-- the American Anglo Saxon-- keeping licking the wounds across Uncle Sam's body with tail between his legs. Time changes people change.
chinese and Koreans are very forgiving ppl and forward looking countries. what happened in the past were all forgiven due to the unforeseen circumstances at dat time whereas dat other country whom I shall not name has repeated deny their atrocities and trying to water down their massive killing under the pretext of liberating asia.
selected memories can be handy at times for those dat choose to side with the wrong side of history. indeed sad...




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