(Yicai Global) Dec. 28 -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's attempt to whitewash the history of World War II by paying a visit to Pearl Harbor in Hawaii and paying respect to the dead is just wishful thinking on Japan's part, said Hua Chunying, Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman, at a press conference yesterday.
"Don't forget, China was the main eastern battleground for the World Anti-Fascist War. The Chinese people sacrificed tremendously for the victory. Japan can never turn the page over without reconciliation from China and other victimized countries in Asia," she said.
"Japanese leaders should stop being so evasive and should instead take a responsible attitude toward history and the future, deeply and sincerely reflect on the history of the aggressive war and draw a clear break with the past," Hua said.
"I notice that both Chinese and Western media are paying close attention to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Reports say Abe's visit of paying respect to the dead with no apology is just a show primarily targeting China. We also note that about 50 Japanese and US historians have jointly submitted an open letter to Abe, requiring that he send tributes to China, South Korea and other Asian war victims and believe that Japan should apologize to China most," said Hua.
"No matter how Abe makes a gesture or a show, only genuine reflection is the key to reconciliation," she said.
A "forgiving heart" and "historical reconciliation" are the keywords of Abe's visit, through which he hopes to "completely clear Japan's WWII history," according to Japan's Kyodo News Agency.