Japan PM's statement needs clarification: FM spokesman
BEIJING, Feb 21, 2013 (Xinhua via COMTEX) --
A Foreign Ministry spokesman on
Thursday said Japan must clarify and explain recent comments made
by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe concerning China.
Spokesman Hong Lei made the remark after a regular press
In an interview with the Washington Post conducted before
paying a visit to the U.S., Abe said China has a "deeply
ingrained" need to spar with Japan and other Asian neighbors over
territory, as the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC) uses the
disputes to maintain strong domestic support.
"The Chinese side was astonished at the report," Hong said.
It is rare for a country's leader to brazenly assault its
neighbor and instigate antagonism, Hong said, adding that such
behavior goes against the will of the international community.
Hong said China is committed to developing relations with Japan
but will not sit by and watch the country distort China's
diplomatic policy or make antagonistic moves regarding territorial
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