SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) – China on Thursday rejected remarks by former Japanese prime minister Yasuo Fukuda that Beijing had expressed willingness to improve ties between two countries and said there was “no change” in its policy on Tokyo. Relations between China and Japan have been soured by rows over a territorial feud over tiny islands in the East China Sea, and mutual distrust over defense policies.
China’s foreign ministry was asked to respond to a speech on Wednesday in which Fukuda described his recent meetings with Chinese leaders, and added that both sides had shown the same sense of crisis over Sino-Japanese ties. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Qin Gang said there was no change in China’s position on the improvement and development of Sino-Japanese relations.
“Japan must face up to reality, show sincerity, take concrete actions and make efforts to eliminate political obstacles that affect the development of bilateral relations,” Qin added, in a statement on the foreign ministry’s website.