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China lambast Japan's wartime aggression during German chancellor's visit

Published on Jul 7, 2014 3:52 PM
 
German Chancellor Angela Merkel (left) looks on as Chinese Premier Li Keqiang speaks during a joint news conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing July 7, 2014. China, which frequently praises Germany for its contrition over World War Two, pointedly emphasised Japanese wartime aggression on Monday, July 7, 2014, during a visit by Dr Merkel. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (REUTERS) - China, which frequently praises Germany for its contrition over World War Two, pointedly emphasised Japanese wartime aggression on Monday during a visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Premier Li Keqiang's comments come as China intensifies an anti-Japan propaganda campaign focused on wartime atrocities, after Tokyo ended a ban on its military fighting abroad last week.

In remarks to mostly German and Chinese reporters, as well as Dr Merkel, Mr Li pointed out that on Monday was the 77th anniversary of the Marco Polo Bridge incident, a skirmish in 1937 that sparked an all-out Sino-Japanese war. Mr Li said the day was one"the Chinese people must always bear firmly in mind". "Facing an all-encompassing war started by Japanese militarists against China, the Chinese people rose up with all their strength to resist," Mr Li said. "They resisted in the blood-soaked war for eight years before finally achieving victory. "We must always remember history to correctly face up to the past," he added.

China has often contrasted Germany with Japan, which it says has sought to rewrite history by whitewashing military aggression.

 
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