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China, Russia agree to work together in dealing with history issues related to Japan

Sankei wrote from Beijing that China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on Tuesday that during a telephone conversation with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov on Monday, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi criticized Prime Minister Suga’s offering and three cabinet members’ visits to Yasukuni Shrine as a “provocation to international justice.” The two foreign ministers reportedly agreed to work together in dealing with history issues related to Japan. Wang reportedly said it is necessary for the two nations that won WWII to join hands to “defend the truth of history,” “oppose any attempt to whitewash or glorify militarism,” and “stem any attempts to falsify history.” According to the Chinese announcement, Lavrov responded by saying that Russia and China should “oppose any attempt to dishonor history.”

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