Japanese leaders' wrongdoing on the Taiwan issue and wrong historical attitudes is the reason behind Japanese public sentiment toward China being at a record low, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said Tuesday.
According to a Japanese Cabinet Office poll released Saturday, the Japanese people's feeling about China has worsened with a record-low 32.4 percent feeling good about the country, down 5.2 percentage points from a year ago.
"The major reason for the negative poll result is Japanese top leaders' repeated wrongdoings on the Taiwan issue and its wrong attitudes toward history," Qin Gang told a regular press conference.
It is widely believed that Japanese Prime Minister Koizumi Junichiro's repeated visits to the Yasukuni Shrine, which honors 2.5 million Japanese war dead, including a dozen major World War II criminals, is the main reason for the deterioration of China-Japan ties.
The friendship between the two peoples constitutes a major part of China-Japan relations, and Japan is expected to employ effective methods to mend the current bilateral situation, Qin Gang said.
"We hope to see more active efforts from the Japanese side to promote mutual understanding and friendship between the two peoples." Qin said.
China-Japan consultation on UN reform not "regular"
The consultation between China and Japan concerning the reform of the United Nations is not a "regular" one, said Qin Gang, spokesman of the Chinese Foreign Ministry in Beijing Tuesday.
"The two sides made the first contact, and it's not a regular consultation," Qin said, adding that no more contacts have been arranged.
Qin made the remarks at a regular press conference when commenting on the recent China tour of Masaharu Kono, director general of the Foreign Policy Bureau of Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The spokesman said Masaharu Kono paid a working visit to China at the invitation of the Japanese embassy to China. At the request of the Japanese side, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Qiao Zonghuai met with him.
The two sides exchanged views on the UN reform. China reaffirmed that the current pressing tasks are to implement the outcome documents finalized at the summit marking the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the United Nations, to push for progress in areas where common ground has been reached, and to give top priority to the development issue, said the spokesman.
During the meeting, Qiao said developing nations, especially African countries, should be given increased representation in regard to the UN Security Council reform, and broad consensus should be reached on the basis of democratic discussions and consultations.
"China opposes forced voting on any resolution where differences still exist, and China's stance on UN reform has not changed," the spokesman said.
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