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China cites Japan wartime "confessions" in propaganda push

Published on Jul 3, 2014 4:40 PM
 
This file photo taken on December 27, 2006 shows a man looking at a painting on display depicting civilians fleeing Shanghai during the Japanese imperial army's war of aggression and conquest on mainland China which lasted from 1931 to 1945, at the Museum of the War of Chinese People's Resistance Against Japanese Aggression in Beijing. China on July 3, 2014 began publishing "confessions" of 45 convicted Japanese World War II criminals, officials said, in Beijing's latest effort to highlight the past amid a territorial dispute between the two. --PHOTO: AFP 

BEIJING (REUTERS) - China has posted documents online it says are personal accounts of wartime atrocities committed by Japan in China, the latest in a wave of anti-Japan propaganda efforts that comes after Tokyo ended a ban on its military from fighting abroad.

The 45 "confessions" show Beijing's efforts to gain an upper hand in a war of words with Tokyo amid frictions over China's military rise and a bitter territorial dispute at sea.

China's Central Archives plans to post one "confession" per day on its website. In an effort to appeal to Western countries in its propaganda offensive, English translations would accompany the postings.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet took a historic step away from Japan's post-war pacifism on Tuesday by ending a ban hat has kept the military from fighting abroad since 1945, a move that riled China but was welcomed by the United States.

 
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