China's Xi says Japan's wartime atrocities 'fresh in our memory'

BERLIN Fri Mar 28, 2014 1:51pm EDT

China's President Xi Jinping waves to media following a joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel after an agreement signing, at the Chancellery in Berlin March 28, 2014. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

China's President Xi Jinping waves to media following a joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel after an agreement signing, at the Chancellery in Berlin March 28, 2014.

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BERLIN (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Friday during a visit to Berlin that Japan's wartime atrocities were still "fresh in our memory".

Japan occupied parts of China in the 1930s and 1940s. In December, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe angered China and South Korea by visiting Tokyo's Yasukuni Shrine, which they see as a symbol of Japan's wartime aggression as it honors convicted war criminals as well as others who died in battle.

"We Chinese have long held the belief that we should not do onto others as we do not wish they do onto us ... China needs peace like humans need air and plants need water," he said.

(Reporting by Annika Breidthardt; Editing by Stephen Brown)

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2Borknot2B wrote:
“China needs peace like humans need air and plants need water,” he said.” All of the world needs this, and there is a “true list” on how to get it. Freedom and the right to self determination. L.

Mar 28, 2014 1:59pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
skas wrote:
Mao Zedong’s mass murder must be much fresher in Chinese people.

There is a general consensus among historians that after Mao Zedong seized power, his policies and political purges caused directly or indirectly the deaths of tens of millions of people.

Furthermore, top leaders of President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang are devoted to worship of this mass murderer, Mao Zedong.

Mar 30, 2014 5:59am EDT  --  Report as abuse
ganymedes3104 wrote:
AAAAA!! Now this century, He and His Mafias invaded Uighur and Tibetan. At the time, In Nanjing, a lot of people not been there because the china robberies killed them. Themselves was exterminated by their cultural revolution. Then there is no history in China. So, their new fantasy are created themselves it that Japan was bad fellow. it’s very simple and everyone knows.

Mar 30, 2014 8:29pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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