China’s Xi says Japan’s wartime atrocities ‘fresh in our memory’


China's President Xi Jinping waves to media following a joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel after an agreement signing, at the Chancellery in Berlin March 28, 2014.  Credit: Reuters/Fabrizio Bensch

China’s President Xi Jinping waves to media following a joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel after an agreement signing, at the Chancellery in Berlin March 28, 2014.
Credit: Reuters/Fabrizio Bensch

Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Friday during a visit to Berlin that Japan’s wartime atrocities were still “fresh in our memory”.

Japan occupied parts of China in the 1930s and 1940s. In December, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe angered China and South Korea by visiting Tokyo’s Yasukuni Shrine, which they see as a symbol of Japan’s wartime aggression as it honors convicted war criminals as well as others who died in battle.

“We Chinese have long held the belief that we should not do onto others as we do not wish they do onto us … China needs peace like humans need air and plants need water,” he said.

Source: Reuters “China’s Xi says Japan’s wartime atrocities ‘fresh in our memory’”

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One Comment on “China’s Xi says Japan’s wartime atrocities ‘fresh in our memory’”

  1. Michiko says:

    “we should not do onto others as we do not wish they do onto us”
    this must be a dictum that my Chinese friend taught me as a golden rule in China, 己所不欲,勿施于人.

    What makes me surprised is in China, people say the same no matter it is a leader of the nation, or someone ordinary.
    That is never happened in Japan.

    “China needs peace like humans need air and plants need water”

    That is almost the same with what my friend told me as well.

    Not forgetting the past is not meant for revenge or grudge, but for learning from it.
    That is also what my friend taught.

    We have dishonorable trait in oblivion for sure, and valuing someone just tending to see future affairs, or now, actually, anyone has to agree when one is getting told like “let it flush into a water” but it is something only regarding a domestic issue, certainly should take another bearing to foreign people, so far we are too insular to know that this domestic virtue is not going to work to abroad.

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