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."