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China confirms, in roundabout way, Japan invite for war memorial

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Pressed on whether this included Japan, she said: “I’ve just said that China has already issued invites to all relevant countries’ leaders and international organisations. Do you think that Japan has a connection to World War Two and the Chinese People’s War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression, or not?”

Why not just say, "Yes, of course we have invited Japan. We hope this will be an opportunity for reconciliation, remembering the past, and move forward together."?

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Because they are children, thats why.

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"Why not just say, "Yes, of course we have invited Japan. We hope this will be an opportunity for reconciliation, remembering the past, and move forward together."?"

They don't want to appear as making nice to the Japanese for domestic reasons but probably feel pressure not to look too petty to the rest of the world.

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"As to which countries leaders have been invited, we have said this many times: China has already issued invites to all relevant countries’ leaders and international organisations,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a daily news briefing.

Pressed on whether this included Japan, she said: “I’ve just said that China has already issued invites to all relevant countries’ leaders and international organisations. Do you think that Japan has a connection to World War Two and the Chinese People’s War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression, or not?”

Maybe she thought questioning person could not understand what she said? (In Chinese language conversation anyway). She had to tell what she was supposed to tell and she could not iexplain what she said? After all she is just a spokes person.

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Just it's done with good intention. Otherwise a bit scary.

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Ricky KaminskiMAR. 25, 2015 - 07:37AM JST Because they are children, thats why.

Hmm, curious coincidence, I believe it was Mcarthy that said after working in Japan that it was a nation 'of 12 year olds". Perhaps it's true Japanese and Chinese are basically the same people.

I think inviting a Japanese delegation would be a perfect opportunity for both sides to develop closer ties. Let's hope Japan expresses genuine remorse and we can all move on.

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Japan should not attend. China is only interested in showing off its goose-stepping military.

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Sadly with abe as PM Japan is basically screwed, if he says what HE believes, it will be very bad for Japan, if abe says what SHOULD be said the whole world knows he DOESNT mean it & is basically lying from his point of view, & thus insincere.

Either way Japan cant hope to gain much if anything with the current PM simply not possible.

Sino-Japan relations have long been poisoned by what China sees as Japan’s failure to atone for its occupation of parts of the country before and during the war,

Actually the whole world outside Japan knows this bit, which should have been dealt with many many decades ago instead its been left to fester for decades & here we are!

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China should change its hard-line foreign policy and other nations should soften their relations with Beijing.

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If Japanese send a delegate who is fluent in Chinese language, he/she may be able to explain what real China is. After all, a majority of Japanese culture are rooted in China. We look same. Both have black hair, not blond hair.

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Grasp the nettle

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JAPAN should better ignore and skip as it has nothing to gain by participation in this event.

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Would love to hear from those who negged me how on earth abe can get through all the WWII anniversary stuff & make Japan look GOOD & BELIEVABLE.............

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China should change its hard-line foreign policy

Change to suit an History-Happy-Denying country that so prominent to the world? Possible ?

and other nations should soften their relations with Beijing.

I doubted what the recent AIIB and some G7 members did, just not reminded enough that, catching up with Beijin is the most appropriate thing to do on this planet.

JAPAN should better ignore and skip as it has nothing to gain by participation in this event.

Agreed, if one cannot face it, run.. SunTze's last of the 36 strategy never wrong!

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