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Xi Slams Japan's 'Barbaric' Militarists

Chinese President Xi Jinping smiles during a meeting with South Korean National Assembly Speaker Chung Ui-hwa at the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, July 4, 2014.
Chinese President Xi Jinping smiles during a meeting with South Korean National Assembly Speaker Chung Ui-hwa at the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, July 4, 2014.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has denounced what he called Japan's "barbaric" colonial aggression against China and Korea as he continues his two-day visit to Seoul.

During a speech Friday at Seoul National University, Xi said Chinese and South Koreans experienced "enormous suffering" as a result of Japan's imperial aggression in the first half of the 20th century.

The comments come a day after Xi offered to hold joint memorial activities with South Korea to mark next year's 70th anniversary of Japan's defeat in World War II.

South Korea and China were two of the biggest victims of Japanese imperialism. Both countries also have separate modern-day territorial disputes with Japan and are concerned with Tokyo's attempts to expand the role of its military.

Many observers see Xi's trip to South Korea, his first since taking office, as part of an attempt by Beijing to bring Seoul closer into its sphere of influence and thereby alienate Japan.

On Thursday, Xi and South Korean President Park Geun-hye agreed to expand the already robust ties between their two economies.

At a joint news briefing with Xi, Park said Seoul and Beijing will work to complete a long-negotiated free trade agreement by the end of the year.

Seoul's Finance Ministry also said the two sides agreed to introduce direct trading between the South Korean won and the Chinese yuan, a measure that will expand the use of China's currency.

The yuan joins the dollar as the only currency directly convertible with the won.

President Park also said she agreed with Xi the Korean peninsula should be denuclearized and they "resolutely" oppose further nuclear tests by North Korea.

Before the trip, China's Communist Party-run Global Times hailed South Korea as being an "exemplar of good neighbor relations." The editorial said ties have been "particularly thriving" amid what it called an "intricate and complex" situation in Northeast Asia.

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by: streetcat from: Japan
July 04, 2014 7:14 PM
Is it a barbaric thing to defend Japan's own territory
from the brutal government of the People's Republic of China.?
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by: danlee from: taiwan
July 05, 2014 8:41 AM
Yes,because the territory-I presumed diaoyu island, is not yours.abe knows it, the japanese government knows it.Why dont you read " the inconvenient truth about the diaoyu island" it is posted in the internet and judge for yourself.when china was weak during the time of the second world war, what the japanese did to china was horrific. or have you forgotten? If that is not barbarism, what then is barbarism?
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by: i4stock
July 04, 2014 11:55 PM
You meant China had done brutal things to Japan? That's new.

by: QX from: US
July 04, 2014 5:21 PM
Come on Mr. Xi, what you are say is exactly "the pot calling the kettle black"!


by: Life from: California
July 04, 2014 1:20 PM
It seem like you all are fighting for your own belief and what you have been thought. Every country thinks for their own. Where there's a bad, there must be a good and when there's good, there's also bad. Who to judge what is right and what is wrong. A leader (Xi Jian or Obama/ etc other leaders) intent are good but some soldiers are bad. Let the past be the past and let new powers derive to prevent other power to exceed or conquer other smaller countries. I could tell you, I see China attempting to expand such as Russia. Why can't we all stop our selfish act and claim things that will not be yours in the end. In death, the only you can take is your dignity and so you should live with dignity and stop all the foolish things you do so that we can all live peaceful and acheive life in the best form possible. Don't hold too much pride in oneself but to gather all as one and love eachother as much as possible.
Last thing: History - all are not same, authors of books are written to their selfishness in race or gain. You might not agree but one day, you may. News in all countries are different as their blinded by our culture and our author. Embrace the beauty and let yourself go. My wish in life is to have people who really want to help people in politics rather than all this selfish people we currently have.

by: H
July 04, 2014 1:11 PM
I really wished that news sites didn't allow comments. A large majority the comments always seem to be largely misinformed, and on the verge of racism. It seriously detracts from a news site's image as a conveyor of information.

by: Ynezkova Vinorocha from: Saudi Arabia
July 04, 2014 12:59 PM
Xi, the liar, megalomaniac and thief thinks that he could brainwash the people of South Korea through his insincere doublespeak and forked-tongue deceit!
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by: HanSangYoon.
July 04, 2014 7:20 PM
Look, look, look. China looks bad on American media, but I tell you as a South Korean that China isn’t that bad of a ruler. Currently, the competition in East Asia is no longer China & North Korea vs South Korea & Japan. China is impatient with North Korea while North Korea is being extremely belligerent for no reason, so China wants to side with a more beneficial South Korea. But South Korea has authentic hate with Japan, so they want to improve relations with the impatient China and leave Japan for sure. While Japan opens hands toward North Korea and starts supporting them, it is getting clearer that the new rivalry is this: China & South Korea vs North Korea & Japan. America must side with one of them. Will it be their rising arch-rival China and rising economic miniland South Korea, or the annoying psycho North Korea with developed but criticized Japan?

by: meanbill from: USA
July 04, 2014 12:51 PM
China suffered untold atrocities in "the hundred years of humiliation" by the "Gunboat Treaties" and the "Unequal Treaties" forced upon them by the US, Europeans, Russia, and Japan..... but the Japanese committed millions of more of the atrocities, (raping, robbing, torture, killing, and bayoneting babies, in WW2), than the US, Europeans, and Russians committed on the Chinese..... (and now), all the other Asian countries remember what japan did, (and Japan has "no" friends or allies in Asia), only business partners.... and if the US wasn't protecting Japan, even the dinky little countries in Asia wouldn't fear them anymore...... REALLY
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by: Jon from: USA
July 04, 2014 2:31 PM
The Chinese seem to forget that war crime trials were held and the leaders responsible for encouraging the atrocities committed were punished either paying with their lives of spending life behind bars. All China's saber rattling has done is to convince their neighbors that they need to rearm and expand the size and fighting power of their armies so they will be ready for the Chinese acts of imperialistic aggression that they know will be coming.
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by: earthling01 from: USA
July 04, 2014 1:36 PM
Yes, your account is accurate. But common sense tells us that the Japanese soldiers who committed the WWII atrocities are nearly all dead now, leaving the burden of apology on Japan's present youth.

Imagine apologizing again and again for something you did not do. This is the current situation that China has propagated.

Do you also expect today's Germans need to apologize for Hitler's atrocities? Should the UN oust the Germans for their actions of the past? The situation is similar in that in both countries, the war criminals have been prosecuted (and many were executed).

If one denounces one country for its past, he should denounce all countries for their past.

If one deplores expansionism, then one should deplore all expansionism. This is where we witness the hypocrisy of the Chinese govt.

by: Hsieh from: taiwan
July 04, 2014 12:08 PM
I am ashamed of my people ! it 's too hard to be a Chinese these days, this guy Xi is not represents my Chinese race, As communist is doing one thing and saying another !!
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by: William Li from: Canada
July 05, 2014 12:33 AM
@helsh, I wanna hear your opinion about South Koreans! Thanks.
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by: Ian from: USA
July 04, 2014 4:00 PM
It is nice to hear what you say .
You should not be ashamed because the Mainland Chinese behave badly . Nobody blame the Taiwanese for Mainland 's aggression .
In my opinion the Taiwanese are cultured , nice , modern and well liked by other countries .
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by: SANDY from: USA
July 04, 2014 12:46 PM
You are exactly right !

Xi - CHINA ha no bad DNA.


by: davelee from: Hong kong
July 04, 2014 11:34 AM
China is absolutely right about. So earthling, if Japan's not the same like the past then why does the USA still have troops in Okinawa? The Japanese are intractable animals who need to be control.
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by: Ian from: USA
July 04, 2014 3:48 PM
Wrong assumption , weak evidence for your case .
The USA has troops in many countries as per agreements with the those countries . Just to name a few (they are definitely not animals as Chinese would tend to judge others who are not Chinese), here they are :
-South Korea
I don't know for sure but maybe there are troops from foreign countries in the US as well .
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by: earthling01 from: USA
July 04, 2014 12:30 PM
Does the US having troops in Okinawa mean Japan is a regional threat? Better review your history.

by: earthling01 from: USA
July 04, 2014 11:16 AM
Xi criticizing Japan's military aggression is the pot calling the kettle black. Taking aim at events from 80 years ago is a distraction from China's current expansionism.
Having lived in both Japan and China for years, I have seen this kind of govt-lead Japan bashing whenever China wants to slip something it has done under the rug. The truth is Japan is not the same country it was under military rule in the 1930s and 40; even Europeans would not be so callous as to call present-day Germany "Nazis". Why then do it with Japan? It's ridiculous race-baiting for political purposes, nothing more.
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by: earthling01 from: USA
July 04, 2014 12:54 PM
TC says: "The Japanese in power is still the same as those in 1930 and 40.".
Wrong. Japan had an emperor (Hirohito) and a military govt during the war. Now their is a prime minister and a parliament. One cannot just invade a foreign country the way that Japan under military rule (and Germany under Hitler) could.
We no longer live in that world, well, expect for China, who seems to think it can invade Tibet, XinJiang and VN territorial waters with impunity...
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by: earthling01 from: USA
July 04, 2014 12:11 PM
This is a common misunderstanding that Japan has never apologized for WWII. In fact, nearly every Japanese prime minister has acknowledged fault, regret and offered public apologies to China and other countries in Asia.
And yet, those apologies continue to go unacknowledged. How many apologies are required?
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by: TC from: USA
July 04, 2014 11:48 AM
There is a major difference between Japan and Germany. Germany showed remorse again and again, and kneed down to apologize for the bad things it had done in WWII.

Germany is a very brave and respectable country. Japan on the other hand has never admitted the bad things they did in WWII, let alone apologizing. Japan is a very sneaky country or race. It is like a wolf wear a lamb skin. The Japanese in power is still the same as those in 1930 and 40. Abe's grandfather was the number 1 war criminal in WWII. Do not be so naive and read more history.

by: Le from: HB, Aalifornia
July 04, 2014 10:50 AM
Japan is civilize now, what china has been doing lately is BABARIC, cowardly
Hope S.Korea is not so stupid to trust china communist, when they get what they want, enough power (force and economy) they will turn on you in no time
they even BITE their OWN hand if it does not do any amore good
they will BITE the hand feed them as soon as they dont need it anymore that is how chinese communist is
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by: earthling01 from: USA
July 04, 2014 12:37 PM
Agreed. I think South Korea is playing the role of China's ally while maintaining some distance. Kim's comments only seem to indicate an agreement to denuclearize the region and develop closer economic ties with China. She does not seem to show agreement, however, about Japan-bashing. She is smart enough no to take sides on this.
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by: dai nguyen from: raleigh
July 04, 2014 12:18 PM
Don't fall into the trap of this Chinese leader, he used the tactic of divide and conquer. He tried to put a wedge between the Japanese and Korea. The Korean leaders need to be aware of this tactic.
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