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Japan berates China's Xi over Nanjing remarks in Berlin

Published on Mar 30, 2014 3:22 PM
 
Chinese President Xi Jinping leaves after delivering a speech in Duesseldorf, western Germany on Sunday, March 29, 2014. Tokyo on Sunday criticised Chinese President Xi Jinping for making remarks during a trip to Germany about Japan's wartime atrocities, adding that the government had lodged a protest. -- PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (AFP) - Tokyo on Sunday criticised Chinese President Xi Jinping for making remarks during a trip to Germany about Japan's wartime atrocities, adding that the government had lodged a protest.

At a think tank forum Friday in Berlin, Mr Xi criticised Japan's wartime atrocities, saying the Japanese military killed more than 300,000 people in Nanjing in 1937 when it occupied the Chinese city, Jiji Press and Kyodo News reported.

Mr Xi also said more than 35 million Chinese people were killed or injured as Japan waged a war of aggression stemming from its militarism, Kyodo said.

"It is extremely unproductive that a Chinese leader makes such remarks about Japanese history in a third country," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters.

 
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