World Bulletin / News Desk
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's comments on the similarity of China's-Japan relationship with the prior to World War I UK-Germany relationship has sparked a retaliatory clash from China's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Thursday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
Speaking to reporters earlier this week at the forum, Abe referred to China's steady increases in military spending as a "provocation."
China's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Qin Gang at a press conference in Davos said Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe "has closed the door on dialogue between leaders of the two countries with his own actions", and he continued "The Japanese leader should not misalign his memory of history. It is better to face up to history and deeply reflect on what Japan has done to China before WWI and throughout the entire modern and contemporary history than to make an issue of the pre-WWI UK-Germany relations."
Qin said, "Only by truly facing up to history and regarding history as the mirror, can Japan usher in the future of its relations with its Asian neighbors and assure people from Asia and other parts of the world."
The relations between China and Japan have deteriorated over the past two years over territorial disputes in the East China Sea, a new Chinese air-defense zone, and Abe's December visit to a controversial war shrine dedicated to Japanese war casualties.Last Mod: 24 Ocak 2014, 14:53