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Japan hits back over Beijing and Seoul proposal to mark Tokyo's wartime wrongs

Published on Jul 4, 2014 2:57 PM
 
Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, seen here at a news conference in May, said moves by China and South Korea to join forces for the 70th anniversary next year of Japan's defeat in World War II were divisive. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

TOKYO (AFP) - Japan on Friday hit back at China and South Korea, calling suggestions that they could jointly mark Tokyo's wartime wrongs "utterly unhelpful", as tensions over history shift alliances in East Asia.

The comments came after Chinese President Xi Jinping and his South Korean counterpart Park Geun Hye, during summit talks on Thursday, reportedly discussed joining forces for the 70th anniversary next year of Japan's defeat in World War II.

At a regular press conference in Tokyo, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said such moves were divisive.

"Any attempt by China and South Korea to coordinate in picking apart past history unnecessarily and making it an international issue is utterly unhelpful for building peace and cooperation in the region," he told reporters.

 
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