China admonishes Japan in U.N. speech, warning history should not be falsified

Kyodo

In a speech at the U.N. General Assembly, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi repeated an assertion that history should not be distorted and aggression should not be denied, an apparent reference to Japan.

Next year will mark the 70th anniversary of “the victory of the Chinese people’s war against Japanese aggression,” Beijing’s top diplomat said in the speech Saturday.

“In China alone, the aggression committed by Japanese militarists left more than 35 million Chinese soldiers and civilians dead or injured,” he said. “History is not to be falsified, and truth is not to be distorted.”

Last year, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Tokyo’s Yasukuni Shrine, which honors convicted or accused Class-A war criminals from World War II, drawing sharp reactions by China and South Korea and a stronger-than-usual rebuke from the United States.

Earlier this year, Abe’s government also re-examined the process of compiling a formal apology issued in 1993 to the “comfort women” from across Asia who were forced to serve in Imperial Japanese military brothels before and during the war. China and South Korea viewed the move as an attempt to rewrite history by questioning the legitimacy of the apology.

People who attempt to deny aggression and distort history “will have nowhere to hide,” warned Wang, a former ambassador to Japan.

On territorial issues, Wang’s speech was less confrontational than one made at the United Nations in 2012 by his predecessor, Yang Jiechi, who said Japan “stole” the Senkaku Islands from China. Japan and China later traded barbs during the general debate at the U.N. assembly about sovereignty claims over the islets, which Japan administers but China claims and calls Diaoyu in the East China Sea.

“The principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity must be upheld,” Wang said Saturday.

This apparently was a bid to defend China’s claim to the disputed islands, although Wang refrained from openly pressing Beijing’s case for maritime sovereignty claims in the South China and East China seas, which have raised tensions with Japan and other countries in the region.

On North Korea, the pressing task is to restart the six-nation talks on eliminating Pyongyang’s nuclear programs “as soon as possible,” Wang said. China has hosted every round of the talks, which also involve Japan, the two Koreas, the United States and Russia, but the discussions have been stalled since 2008.

“The (North) Korean nuclear issue should be dealt with by a sustainable, irreversible and effective dialogue process,” Wang said.

  • KetsuroOu

    Shortly after condemning those who distort history, Wang firmly proclaimed, “We have always been at war with Eurasia!”

    Party members responded with thunderous applause.

  • CaptainAsia

    “History should not be falsified”
    Is China talking about Tibet here?

    • WantYouBad

      Or the Tianamen Square massacre, or pretty much anything they hide behind their ‘Golden Shield’ that they deem as evil propaganda, even when it is pure fact.
      Then again Japan does the same thing, just less.

  • Hanah Chu

    And this comes from the master manufacturer of the world China, where faked goods are only exceeded by faked histories?

  • http://www.kalanstar.com/ KopyKatKiller

    “In a speech at the U.N. General Assembly, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi repeated an assertion that history should not be distorted and aggression should not be denied, an apparent reference to Japan.

    Next year will mark the 70th anniversary of “the victory of the Chinese people’s war against Japanese aggression,” Beijing’s top diplomat said in the speech Saturday.”

    LOL “history should not be distorted” is followed by “China beat the Japanese in ww2″. What a joke. Why does the world continue to pander to these ccp clowns?

    ““History is not to be falsified, and truth is not to be distorted.””

    When the CCP history books document the 70 million Mao killed, perhaps the world will be more open to listening to their butt-hurt whining about Japan.

  • Ahojanen

    Over time PRC has kept counting up the number of war victims, with no final figures.

    What they need is math skills rather than history education.

  • Zhen Fei Kua

    WANG: history should not be distorted and aggression should not be denied,,,
    Then what is your country doing in South China Sea? Aggressively stealing what is not theirs!

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genghis_Khan Temujins

    Talking about aggression and falsified history, we must forget chinese 2,000 years history of aggression against its neighbors especially Vietnam and Korea and fabricated history to justify illegally claims to Paracel and Spartly islands which belong to ASEAN nations.