Former economyminister Toshihiro Nikai (L) applauds Chinese
President Xi Jinping during a meetingin Beijing on Saturday.
BEIJING: China's President Xi Jinping struck a friendly tone
on relations with Japan Saturday,
but touched on disputes over history which still add to
tensions between the East Asian giants.
Ties between Beijing and Tokyo have warmed over the past year,
but strains overterritorial disputes and attitudes towards wartime
Xi told a forum in Beijing that "peace and friendly cooperation
between China and Japan is the common will of the people, and
the general trend of events".
He added that "friendship" between the countries "deserves
cherishing and protecting," at the event, attended by Japanese
delegates including former economy minister Toshihiro Nikai.
High-level meetings between China and Japan were suspended for
two years amid a row over disputed islar until Xi and Japan's
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met last year. They held talks again
During his Beijing visit, Nikai delivered a personal letter to
Xi from Abe, japan's Kyodo news agency said, without giving
Echoing regular pronouncements from Beijing, Xi also mentioned
the 70th anniversary of the Japanese surrender in the second
world war, and added that"the facts of history cannot be distorted".
"The efforts of anyone seeking to distort or beautify the facts
of Japan's acts of militaristic invasion will not be accepted
by the people of China," he added.
His remarks came just a day after China renewed its call for
Japan to "face up to" its 20th century history after Abe's wife
visited a shrine which Beijingsees as a symbol of Tokyo's warring
China is preparing a massive military parade in September to mark
the 70th anniversary, and also creating a public holiday.
China's defense ministry said that its army planes on Thursday
for the first time flew over the
Miyako Strait, between Japan's Miyako and Okinawa Islands.
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