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China, Japan to solve sea dispute through talks
Latest Updated by 2005-06-01 08:53:45

China and Japan agreed to resolve their East China Sea dispute through dialogue and consultations following a new round of two-day talks in Beijing, Foreign Ministry spokesman Kong Quan said Tuesday.

Kong said that sides stated their views and positions and voiced their concerns over the issue during the consultation.

They both agreed to implement the consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries during their meeting in Jakarta and had an in-depth exchange of views on launching negotiation about the demarcation of the continental shelf of the East China Sea and promoting the joint development of the marine resource in the area, Kong said.

According to the spokesman, the consultation was held between Chinese Foreign Ministry's Asian Department Director Cui Tiankai and his Japanese counterpart Kenichiro Sasae, director-general for Japanese Foreign Ministry's Asian and Oceanic Affairs Bureau. Both sides agreed to hold the third round of talks in Tokyo in the near future.

China backs EU integration

Commenting on the failure of the passage of the EU Constitution in France, Kong Quan said that China has always supported the integration of the European Union and would like to see more achievements in its political alliance.  

A French referendum Sunday overwhelmingly rejected the EU Constitution. The French "no" will directly affect other EU memberstates that planed a popular vote, such as the Netherlands, Britain, Poland, Denmark and Ireland.

The EU Constitution aims at improving EU integration. All 25 EUmembers must ratify the text for it to take effect as planned by Nov. 1, 2006. Nine already have done so including Austria, Hungary,Italy, Germany, Greece, Lithuania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain.

"We hope to see a bigger role of the EU in the international affairs," Kong said.

Japan not correctly treating history

At the regular press briefing, Kong expressed strong condemnation for Japanese leaders "not correctly treating history."

"Japanese politicians' continual voicing grievances for class-Awar criminals made people see clearly the political fact that Japanese leaders cannot correctly face the history of aggression," he said.

Kong said, Japanese politicians have ignored the strong condemnations from Asian countries and the world and denied the verdicts by the International Military Tribunal.

Masahiro Morioka, the Japanese parliamentary secretary for health, labor and welfare published an article recently on his personal website, where he states that "Class-A war criminals are no longer criminals" and "Tokyo trial is against international laws."

Earlier last week, another Japanese politician Kyuma Fumio, chairman of the Policy Research Council of Liberal Democratic Party, also defended the class-A war criminals. China strongly condemned his rhetoric.

Kong said Japan's militarist aggression has brought enormous harm to the world especially Asian nations and the Japanese people.

This year the whole world is celebrating the 60th anniversary of the victory World War II. Nevertheless, politicians who continue to absolve WWII war criminals from guilt are still quite popular in Japan.

"This really made people cannot but doubt that what role on earth will Japan play in the international community, " Kong said.

Meeting among FMs of China, Russia, India "important"

The informal meeting of foreign ministers from China, Russia and India, due to be held in Vladivostok, a city in Russia, on June 2, is an important meeting, said Kong Quan.

Kong said China and Russia, China and India, and Russia and India have maintained sound bilateral relations and cooperation. The three nations have shared similar view on pushing forward democracy in international relations as well as safeguarding world peace and stability.

The three nations also have similar concerns, Kong acknowledged. The foreign ministers' meeting will help promote mutual understanding, increase contacts and coordinate the positions of the three nations on major international issues and, therefore, it is of great importance in maintaining world peace and stability and accomplishing common development.

During the upcoming meeting, the three foreign ministers will also confer on cooperation and consultations between the three nations in all spheres, as well as on current major international and regional issues, the spokesman said. 

Editor: Yan

By: Source:China View website
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