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China, Japan Exchange Words

Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao says it is time for Japan to face up to its militaristic past.

Speaking in New Delhi, Mr. Wen also suggested Japan reconsider its bid for a permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council in light of Saturday's violent protests in China against a newly approved Japanese history textbook.

China and other East Asian nations are upset by the textbook, saying it glosses over Japan's brutal military domination of much of Asia in the first half of the 20th century.

Meanwhile, Tokyo has demanded an apology and compensation for the damage caused by the demonstrators in China. It is also urging dialogue to settle the issue.

Japanese Trade Minister Shoichi Nakagawa says the violence shows China has become "a scary country".

Some information for this report provided by AP, AF and Reuters.