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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Remarks on the 70th Anniversary of the Issuance of the Cairo Declaration

2013/12/03

Q: December 1 marks the 70th anniversary of the issuance of the Cairo Declaration. What is China's comment?

A: The Cairo Declaration is an important international legal document which is universally recognized. As the major outcome of the world anti-fascist war, it lays an important foundation for the establishment of the post-war international order by the international community and it is of far-reaching historical and important realistic significance. On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the issuance of the Cairo Declaration, we go over the history, uphold justice, review today and look into the future so as to better maintain the hard-won peace, stability and development in the Asia Pacific and the rest of the world.

It is worth noting that the Cairo Declaration provides China with important international law basis to restore after WWII territories occupied and stolen by the Japanese militarism. Recently there have been successive negative developments in the issue of history inside Japan. Some Japanese openly questioned the legal effect of the Cairo Declaration and the Postsdam Proclamation. It is, in essence, an attempt to reverse the history of aggression, deny the victory outcome of the world anti-fascist war and challenge the post-war international order. This will inevitably arouse serious concerns and vigilance of the victimized Asian countries and the international community about the development path of Japan.

Only by taking history as a mirror can we chart the course to the future. We once again urge the Japanese side to face up to and deeply reflect on the history, honor its commitment, earnestly fulfill its due international obligations and win the trust of its Asian neighbors and the international community with real actions.

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