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Spokesperson on the Question of Japan's History Book
2001-02-23
Q: It is reported that the amended history book that has been sent for approval by Japan's new history book compiling committee, will soon be approved for publishing by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan. What is your comment?

A: The question of Japan's history book is an important political question of principle as it touches upon the feelings of the victimized countries in Asia including China and has a direct bearing on Japan's attitude of and position on the past history of aggression. The Chinese Government and people are greatly concerned with the tendency in Japan on the question of history book. It must be pointed out that the history book deliberately concocted by some right-wing groups in Japan is aimed at spreading the "concept of imperial state", deny and whitewash the history of aggression. Though with some amendments, its reactionary and ridiculous nature cannot be changed. So far, the Chinese side has expressed its solemn position and concern on this question to the Japanese side through various channels and urged the Japanese Government to handle this question properly with a historically responsible attitude. The Japanese side has also expressed that it would treat this question in strict accordance with the relevant principles of the Sino-Japanese Joint Statement and the spirit of the remarks made by former Japanese Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama on the question of history. Last October, the two Governments also reached consensus on developing bilateral relations in accordance with the principle of "taking history as a mirror and orienting towards the future". We urge the Japanese side to be true in words and resolute in deeds and take effective measures at once to prevent any history book that denies and whitewashes the history of aggression from coming out so as to maintain in real earnest the overall situation of the Sino-Japanese relations.
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