China expresses grave concerns over U.S.-Japan joint statement






>>  China expresses grave concerns over U.S.-Japan joint statement

By Bai Jie and Xiong Zhengyan

China on Friday of April 25 expressed grave concerns over a joint statement released by the United States and Japan, urging the two countries to discard their Cold War mindset and respect the interests and concerns of other countries in the region.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said at a daily press briefing, “We have grave concerns over some of the contents in the U.S.-Japan joint statement. It will be detrimental to the proper solution of relevant issues and the stability of the region to make indiscreet criticisms or remarks on the affairs of other countries.”

The United States and Japan issued the statement on Friday, a day after U.S. President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held talks in Tokyo.

The joint statement said the disputed Diaoyu Islands between Japan and China fall under the U.S.-Japan Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security, adding that the U.S. and Japan “share strong concern over” China’s recent actions in the East China Sea and South China Sea, including the declaration of an Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) in the East China Sea.

“We urge the United States and Japan to give up the Cold War mindset, earnestly respect the interests and concerns of other countries in the region and refrain from further disturbances to regional peace and stability,” said Qin.

The U.S.-Japan security treaty, an outcome of the Cold War, can not change the fact that the Diaoyu Islands are China’s inherent territory, he said.

No one can shake the firm will and determination of the Chinese government and people to safeguard China’s territory and sovereignty no matter what he says or what he does, said Qin.

He also said the United States and Japan have no right to criticize China’s ADIZ established in November, as it is a sovereign country’s right and in line with international laws and practices.

Qin added that China has indisputable sovereign rights over the islands in the South China Sea and the adjacent waters.

“China has full sincerity to peacefully solve differences and disputes via direct dialogue between parties concerned, but we will never allow any infringement of China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” he added.

Fundamentally, the fact that the United States and Japan use their security treaty to cement bloc politics and undermine a third party’s interests is “inappropriate and violates the basic norms guiding international relations,” said Qin.

He said peaceful development, cooperation and common prosperity are the mainstream of the Asia-Pacific region in the 21st century and the common aspirations of peoples in the region.

“A gentleman gets along with others, but does not necessarily agree with them, neither does he gang up with others,” Qin said, citing Confucius, one of the greatest Chinese philosophers in history.

Qin urged the United States and Japan to learn from the saying, reflect on the Cold War mindset and work for regional peace, stability and prosperity.








>>  Wartime documents show details of Japanese atrocities

By Zhou Changqing, Zong Wei, Liu Shuo, Li Baojie and Sun Xiaozheng

A total of 89 wartime documents made public on Friday of April 25 show details of atrocities Japanese troops committed in China during World War Two (WWII).

The files, once kept by the invading Japanese army in Northeast China, are a response to Japan’s right-wing politicians’ denial of Japan’s wartime crimes in China, experts said.

The documents represent only a small portion of the nearly 100,000 wartime Japanese files retrieved underground during construction work in the early 1950s, said Yin Huai, president of the Jilin Provincial Archives in Changchun, capital of Jilin Province. Ninety percent of the files are in Japanese.

The invading troops buried some of their archives when fleeing Changchun, the then “capital” of the puppet Manchu State, in wake of a war with the Soviet Union, as they had no time to burn the documents.

Twenty-five files revealed conditions at some “comfort stations”, including ratios between Japanese soldiers and “comfort women” and details of gruesome rapes.

The files also showed that the Japanese troops used “public money”, evidence of organized activities, when setting up “comfort stations” and abducting and trafficking Chinese women and forcing them into sex slavery.

Among six other documents, there are Japanese newspapers published on Dec. 23, 1937 depicting gruesome killings during the Nanjing Massacre.

The newspaper reported that Japanese invaders killed 85,000 people within three days, and in one case, bodies were scattered kilometers from a port to a river.

Several letters Japanese soldiers wrote but seized by army officers expose the invaders’ rapes of local women. “Japanese armies raped tens of thousands of women in Nanjing, including a 12-year-old girl, and many were even killed thereafter. The crimes were appalling,” said one letter.

Six files documented the transfer of prisoners to the notorious Unit 731 where bacterial experiments on humans were carried out. The Japanese army believed the prisoners were spies for the Soviet Union.

Unit 731 was a top-secret biological and chemical warfare research base established in Harbin in 1935, serving as the nerve center of Japan’s biological warfare in China and Southeast Asia during WWII. Fourteen files showed Japanese troops’ strict management and torture of Chinese laborers, including teenagers.

The laborers were under close watch and suffered inhumane treatment. Many of them became ill and even died, according to the files. “Bodies of Chinese workers were strewn everywhere and dogs were eating corpses like eating delicious food,” said one file.

The documents also showed the migration of a large number of Japanese citizens to China’s Northeast during the colonial rule. The newcomers grabbed land of local farmers and even beat and killed many.

The files also had accounts of detention and maltreatment of prisoners from the U.S. and British army forces.








>>  China welcomes progress in destruction of Syrian chemical weapons

By Wang Huihui

China on Friday of April 25 welcomed the latest progress in Syria’s chemical weapons destruction and called for continued international efforts to complete the mission at an early date.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang made the comment after an international mission announced on Thursday that more than 90 percent of Syria’s chemical weapons materials had been removed and destroyed.

Chemical weapons transportation has entered the final stage as materials were transported out of Syria with the escort of Chinese and Russian military vessels, Qin said at a daily news briefing.

“China welcomes the progress and applauds the efforts of all sides,” he said.

He called on all parties to cherish the hard-won progress and maintain close contacts and cooperation so as to complete the destruction mandate at an early date and create favorable conditions for a political solution on Syria.

Qin reiterated that a political solution on Syria is a model for international partnership to resolve security issues, and that China has played an important and constructive role in the efforts.

China has strictly followed and implemented relevant decisions and resolutions of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the United Nations, Qin said.

China has also sent experts to join the inspection of chemical weapons,offered material assistance and dispatched military ships to participate in the joint escort of weapons transportation, according to Qin.

China has kept close contact with all sides to ensure the smooth and safe transportation and destruction of chemical weapons, the spokesman added.

The removal of the most critical materials for destruction began in early January, in line with an agreement brokered by Russia and the United States. The entire Syrian chemical arsenal must be destroyed by June 30.








>>  Homegrown high-precision positioning system put to use

By Zhong Qun and Wang Xiaojie

A self-developed positioning system with high precision went into application in China on Friday of April 25, further beefing up the capability of the country’s satellite navigation system.

Xihe, named after an ancient Chinese god, was developed by the National Remote Sensing Center of China (NRSCC) under the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST). It has an outdoor accuracy of one meter and an indoor accuracy of 3 meters, the NRSCC said.

Xihe can identify and connect with various satellite navigation systems, including China’s homegrown Beidou, which many other positioning systems cannot identify.

It has undergone trials in Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin, according to the NRSCC.

Jing Guife, NRSCC deputy director, said that the system will play an important role in many areas, including positioning, transportation and the Internet of Things.

“It will also help extend the application of the Beidou system, which enjoys a relatively smaller market compared with other international competitors,” Jing said.

According to a white paper issued by the MOST in 2013, the Xihe system will cover more than 100 Chinese cities and benefit more than 100 million households by 2020.









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