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Japan keeping close eye on strengthening Korea-Sino relations Updated: 2014-07-04 10:02:13 KST

Japan's government had no official word on the recent Korea-China talks

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"The Japanese government wants to avoid making comments on the two countries' summit talks.

but its local media seemed to find relief that Seoul and Beijing's joint declaration did not mention the historical issues that have been plaguing Tokyo's relations between both countries.
Instead Japanese media were particularly keen on noting that Seoul and Beijing's agreement on the joint research regarding comfort women didn't make it into the televised joint statement but rather in a supplemental clause.

And some Japanese media have interpreted cooperation by South Korea and China on historical issues such as China's registration of historical records regarding the so-called comfort women with UNESCO upon the request of the Korean government as evidence that pressure against Tokyo will heighten following President Xi's visit to Korea.

China has seen its relations with Japan sink to their lowest levels in recent years, from territorial disputes in the East China Sea over a group of islands.
And it's a similar story between Korea and Japan as President Park lashed out at Tokyo for its review of its landmark apology for wartime sex slavery.

Connie Kim, Arirang News.


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