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Presidents Park, Xi share concerns over Tokyo's constitutional revision, sex slavery apology review Updated: 2014-07-04 22:50:36 KST

With regard to Tokyo's decision to expand its military role in Northeast Asia, both Xi and Park said many countries are CONCERNED about the move and that more than half of the Japanese population opposes it.
Regarding Tokyo's recent review of a 1993 apology for wartime sexual enslavement the leaders expressed REGRET and said Japan was trying to UNDERMINE its previous apology.

"The two leaders exchanged thoughts that Japan is trying to destroy and downgrade its 1993 Kono Statement when it said it would preserve it."

They also said they were concerned about Japan partially lifting its North Korea sanctions in return for a re-investigation into the abduction of Japanese nationals in the 1970s and '80s.
As for Japan's historical tensions with its neighboring countries, China's foreign ministry announced Friday that President Xi had proposed a joint commemoration with South Korea next year to mark the 70th anniversary of two events in 1945 -- China's victory in the Second Sino-Japanese War and Korea regaining its independence from Japan.
But this has not be confirmed by South Korea's presidential office.


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