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China says 'no change' in policy on improving ties with Japan

Published on Aug 28, 2014 5:32 PM
 
Japan marked the 69th anniversary of its surrender in World War II with an annual memorial service for war victims in Tokyo on Aug 15, 2014. China on Thursday, Aug 28, rejected remarks by former Japanese prime minister Yasuo Fukuda that Beijing had expressed willingness to improve ties between Asia's two-biggest economies, and said there was "no change" in its policy on Tokyo. -- PHOTO: AFP

SHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) - China on Thursday rejected remarks by former Japanese prime minister Yasuo Fukuda that Beijing had expressed willingness to improve ties between Asia's two-biggest economies, and said there was "no change" in its policy on Tokyo.

Relations between China and Japan have been frayed by rows over the legacy of Japan's wartime militarism, a territorial feud over tiny islands in the East China Sea, and mutual distrust over defence policies.

China's Foreign Ministry was asked to respond to a speech on Wednesday in which Mr Fukuda described his recent meetings with Chinese leaders, and added that both sides had shown the same sense of crisis over Sino-Japanese ties.

But Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said there was no change in China's position on the improvement and development of Sino-Japanese relations. "Japan must face up to reality, show sincerity, take concrete actions and make efforts to eliminate political obstacles that affect the development of bilateral relations," Mr Qin added, in a statement on the Foreign Ministry's website.

 
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