Thursday, February 27, 2014

US repeats calls on China, Japan to mend ties

The US government is again calling for China and Japan to address their different perceptions of history and improve relations through dialogue.

US State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki told reporters on Wednesday the United States encourages northeast Asian countries to continue to work with their neighbors to resolve concerns over history.

Her comments follow reports that China is poised to designate December 13th as a national day to remember those killed in Nanjing by the Japanese military in 1937.

China also invited foreign journalists this month on a tour of Nanjing. This included a visit to the memorial museum of the so-called Nanjing Incident.

Beijing has been escalating its campaign against Japan, following Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to Yasukuni Shrine in December.

Washington is increasingly concerned about deteriorating relations between Japan and China as well as South Korea.

US State Secretary John Kerry held separate talks this month with his counterparts of the 3 countries and urged them to work to mend the fraying ties.