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China reacts to Abe’s Pearl Harbor visit

CHINA has responded to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s plans to visit Pearl Harbor by calling on Japan to take a correct attitude toward Japanese militarism and its crimes against humanity.

Foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said it is important to maintain justice and the post-war international order, and for Japan to take a correct attitude toward history in order to win the trust of people in China and other Asian countries that had been victimized.

On Monday, Abe said he would visit Pearl Harbor later this month to mourn the victims of Japan’s surprise attack 75 years ago.

However, Abe’s top spokesman, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, made it clear that during Abe’s visit “no apology would be offered” for the attack on Pearl Harbor.

“The international community pays close attention to whether Japan has a sincere and correct attitude toward that period of history,” Lu told a routine press briefing.

Regarding opinions in Japan that Abe should visit the Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall, Lu said if the Japanese side wishes to reflect on its history and offer a sincere apology, there are many places in China for them to do so.

Aside from Nanjing, there is a museum dedicated to the history of the September 18 Incident in 1931, which marks the beginning of the 14-year Japanese invasion of China, and the site of the former Army Unit 731, the Japanese army’s biological and chemical warfare unit, Lu said.

“There are also many places in other neighboring countries, reminding Japan and the international community that Japan’s war crimes against humanity cannot be forgotten, and history cannot be distorted.”

The Chinese people will never forget the victims of the Nanjing Massacre and enormous sacrifice during the war against Japanese aggression, just as the American people will not forget Pearl Harbor, he added.


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