July 02, 2014 11:12
President Park Geun-hye and her Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping will issue a joint statement after their meeting in Seoul on Thursday voicing concerns over Japan's moves to revise its pacifist constitution.
Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin told reporters on Tuesday, "Both China and South Korea were victims of Japan's militarist aggression, so China and South Korea share the same concern over this issue."
"Whenever the leaders of both countries have talks with each other, they naturally mention the militaristic history of Japan, in particular, given the fact that some rightwing forces in Japan are trying to reverse history," he said.
Liu added that the joint statement would also include an agreement to help resolve the North Korean nuclear threat through peaceful negotiations.
Asked whether Xi's visit to South Korea before ally North Korea was aimed at pressuring Pyongyang, Liu said China is an ally of both North and South Korea and the upcoming visit to Seoul is not intended as a warning to "any third country."
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