Historians from China and Japan have given up cowriting a single history of Sino-Japanese relations in a joint study project sponsored by the two governments because of the apparent huge gaps in their views and time constraints, Japanese participants said Tuesday.

“We have never thought of (cowriting a single history) given the time frame. It’s impossible,” said University of Tokyo professor Shinichi Kitaoka, head of Japan’s team.

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