Wednesday, April 12, 2006


China wrong to put history first in Japan ties - envoy

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Japan's envoy to Hong Kong said on Wednesday it was inappropriate to make solving thorny historical issues a precondition to improving Sino-Japanese ties, and hoped Chinese textbooks could give Japan a more balanced treatment.

"We need to handle the history issue carefully, but I find it inappropriate that the history issue is set as a precondition for addressing issues in other areas,"

"Any textbook needs to provide a balanced picture, and I wish Chinese students will have a fair opportunity, through their textbooks, to come to know Japan's post-war achievements as it has build a peace-loving and democratic society,"Reuter April 12, 8:23 PM


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