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China urges Japan to distance itself from its aggressive past

2015-01-13 08:40:08       source:Xinhua News Agency

January 12, 2015

"China on Monday called on the Japanese government to distance itself from militarism following Friday's visit by the Japanese prime minister to the war-related Yasukuni Shrine.

"China's stance on visits to the Yasukuni Shrine by Japanese leaders is firm and clear," Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told a daily press briefing.

"[As long as] Japan earnestly faces up to and profoundly reflects upon its aggressive history, and distances itself from militarism, then China-Japan ties can develop in a sound and stable way," he said."

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