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| Aug 15, 2015

Influence of others set tone for Abe statement

In a move to maintain consistency in Japan’s official interpretation of wartime history rather than sticking to his personal views, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe retained all key phrases used in a 1995 landmark apology in a statement he issued Friday to mark the 70th ...

China escapes G-7 blame in sea row

Jun 8, 2015

China escapes G-7 blame in sea row

The leaders of the Group of Seven industrialized countries release a statement expressing "strong opposition" to massive land reclamation in disputed waters in the South China Sea, but without naming China specifically, and call for a thorough implementation of the cease-fire in Ukraine.