China urges Japan to squarely face up to invasion history

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"We urge Japan to squarely face up to and reflect upon its invasion history, and win trust from its Asian neighbors and the international community through concrete actions," Lu added.

The Yasukuni Shrine honors Class-A Japanese war criminals from World War II who were directly responsible for its past aggression, Lu said, adding that China always firmly opposes Japan's war-related wrongdoings.

BEIJING, Oct. 17 (Xinhua) -- China on Wednesday firmly opposed recent actions by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, urging Japan to squarely face up to and earnestly reflect upon its history of aggression.

The remarks were made by Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang at a daily press briefing when asked to comment on Abe sending ritual offerings to the Yasukuni Shrine earlier that day.