China plans 80 books on Japan war trials: Report
BEIJING (AFP) - China is compiling a series of 80 books documenting the post-World War II "Tokyo trials" of Japanese war criminals, state media said today, at a time of souring ties between the historic rivals.
"Many right-wing Japanese politicians and historians doubted the justice of the trials and distorted the reality... so we have to accelerate our research to counter their version of events," said Zheng Zhaoqi, head of the centre producing the series, as quoted in the China Daily newspaper.
News of the project comes a week after two Japanese ministers visited a controversial Tokyo shrine that honours 14 war criminals, provoking an angry response from China, as prior visits by Japanese politicians have also done.
Sino-Japanese relations had already been strained over a decades-old dispute about an island chain that flared up again in August, and Beijing has long resented what it sees as Japan's failure to fully atone for its aggression in the early 20th century.