China’s premier says relations between Beijing and Tokyo can improve and develop if Japanese leaders squarely face the past.

Li Keqiang was speaking at a news conference on Sunday. He referred to a planned military parade in Beijing to mark the 70th anniversary of China’s victory in the war against Japan. He denied that Chinese leaders are holding the event to put pressure on Tokyo.

Li said the parade and other events are aimed at remembering the tragedies of the past and ensuring they will never be repeated. He said the activities are to safeguard the fruits of World War Two and postwar world order.

Li also said relations between Japan and China are in a difficult situation, and he blamed views over the history of the past war as the root cause. Li said a country’s leader should not just inherit its predecessors’ accomplishments, but also needs to bear responsibility for past crimes in history.

Li’s comments are believed to be urging Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to uphold statements by past Japanese governments when he makes his own statement later this year to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the war.

In 1995, then Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama expressed deep remorse and offered a heartfelt apology for Japan’s past colonial rule and aggression in Asia.

Li also expressed expectations for improved bilateral relations.

He said this year will be both a test and a chance for relations between the 2 countries. He stressed if Japanese leaders can face history squarely, then new opportunities for improvement can develop.

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