China expressed its support Wednesday for U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's recent remarks urging those Japanese political leaders who apparently have revisionists views of the nation's past history to have a more appropriate understanding.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei released a statement saying the country "actively supports" Ban's remarks, noting it is "the common voice of the international community" to call on Japan to reflect on and face up to its past history of aggression.

Hong said Japan needs to win the trust of the international community by respecting the feelings of the many victims of its aggression in Asia and taking concrete actions.