CCTV.com - CNTV English - CCTV News

Japan 'should not deny history'

11-05-2012 08:16 BJT Special Report:Diaoyu Islands: China’s Inherent Territory |

Chinese diplomats in Europe asked Japan not to deny history, as Chinese ships continued to conduct regular patrols during the weekend to defend China's sovereignty over the Diaoyu islands.

Four Chinese marine surveillance ships patrolled waters off the Diaoyu Islands on Sunday, according to a statement from the State Oceanic Administration.

The patrol team, composed of the Haijian 50, Haijian 15, Haijian 26 and Haijian 27, entered the waters to carry out their regular duty of defending China's sovereignty over the Diaoyu Islands, the statement said. The patrols were also conducted on Saturday.

Chinese ambassador to the UK said Japan should take a hard look at its attitude and learn from postwar Germany.

"Many historians have compared postwar Japan and Germany," Ambassador Liu Xiaoming said in an article published on Nov 2 in the Financial Times. "Their conclusions are consistent: Unlike Germany, Japan has never seriously reflected on its behavior during World War II."

He cited the BBC broadcast, The Nazis: A Warning from History, a documentary about World War II and said: "Its message is timeless: All humanity should be on guard to prevent the rise of military fascism."

Despite such warnings, war criminals are still worshipped at the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, Liu said. Senior Japanese officials often pay tribute to the shrine, Liu said, adding that "Japan's leaders have occasionally offered grudging apologies, but these have never convinced its neighbors".

"Worshipping war criminals is serious, while unjust territorial claims are dangerous," he said, referring to Japan's illegal "purchase" of the Diaoyu Islands, which belong to China.

Abundant historical records show that the islands have been an integral part of China's territory for centuries, he added.

Saying the recent tension between China and Japan is the result of the Japanese government's illegal "purchase" of the islands, Liu said: "The friction has been caused solely by Japan. China has made clear its position and expressed concerns to Japan on many levels, but Japan is intransigent."

Japan should learn from Europe, postwar Germany in particular, he said.

Xinhua contributed to this story.

 

Editor:James |Source: China Daily

Hot Videos view more

The celebrations are still continuing as the victorious coach, Joachim Loew, has been honored for his achievement in his hometown of Freiburg.
Germany coach Loew honored in hometown of Freiburg

Chinese men´s national team continued its preparations for next year´s Asian Cup, as they managed a one-all draw against visitors Jordan during a football friendly in Harbin, the capital city of Northeast China´s Heilongjiang Province.
China held to 1-1 draw by Jordan

The defending world champs came into the contest with a perfect 6-and-oh record, but they would be in for a tough first half before opening things up in the second.
USA beat Slovenia 119-76 in quarter-finals

Hot Stories more

UK authorities believe killer of James Foley is a British national

Across the UK the hunt is on for James Foley’s killer, who authorities believe is a British national. As Richard Bestic reports from London, Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer break to lead his government’s response.

Israeli war jets renews Gaza strike as truce talks stalled

Three Palestinians were killed and 40 others wounded in the intensive Israeli war jets´ airstrikes on the Gaza city on Tuesday night, shortly before an end of a 24-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip,

Missouri police arrest dozens after violent night

As the protests in the town of Ferguson, Missouri turned violent with police facing ´heavy gunfire´ from some ´criminal elements´, cops fired tear gas, stun grenades and arrested 31 demonstrators on Monday night.

Picture in news more

More Video News

Choose TV Program