After Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida described China’s military expansion a concern, stopping short of calling it a threat, China is now lashing out at its Asian neighbor by labeling Japan a “trouble maker.” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying retaliated at Kishida’s comments and accused Japan of damaging peace and stability in the region.
Speaking at a scheduled news conference, Hua said that China’s military activities are in defense of Japan stirring trouble by beefing up its armed forces and moves to revise its pacifist Constitution. She called out Japanese officials for their insensitive remarks aimed at glorifying a militarist past. “I think everybody will agree with me that Japan has already become a de facto trouble-maker harming regional peace and stability,” said Hua. Bilateral ties between the two nations took a downturn over disputed islands in the East China Sea, which Japan has nationalized and China continues to claim as its own.
Following Hua’s news conference, the standing committee of China’s National People’s Congress has reviewed a proposal to create days that will commemorate China’s victory over Japan during the Second World War and the 1937 massacre of Nanking by Japanese troops. The motion hopes to honor Chinese people who resisted the Japanese and to expose the atrocities committed by the Imperial Army during the occupation period.
[via The Republic]