Japan hopes China will not be overly concerned about issues related to history and look at the broader bilateral relationship, Foreign Minister Taro Aso said Friday in a diplomatic policy speech.

“We, the Japanese, will seriously accept the feelings of the Chinese people” on Japan’s past aggression, Aso said at the plenary session of the Diet. “At the same time, we call on the Chinese people not to be too wedded to issues of the past, to calmly take a broad view and to work together as mature friends.”

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