China to 'wait and see' if Japan sincere on 'comfort women' issue

Tue Dec 29, 2015 3:27am EST
 
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BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday it would "wait and see" how sincere Japan was after South Korea and Japan reached a landmark agreement to resolve the issue of "comfort women".

"Comfort women" is a euphemism for those who were forced to work in Japan's wartime brothels, an issue that has long plagued ties between South Korea and Japan, as well as between China and Japan.

On Monday, the foreign ministers of Japan and South Korea said in Seoul the issue would be "finally and irreversibly resolved" if all conditions were met.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said Japan's history of militarism and aggression had brought deep suffering to China and other Asian countries.

"We have always consistently asked Japan to accurately face up to its history of aggression, learn the lessons of history and take concrete actions to win the trust of its Asian neighbors and the international community," Lu told reporters.

Chinese academics estimate about 200,000 Chinese women were forced to work as "comfort women".

Lu said China again urged Japan to face up to its history of aggression and deal with the issue responsibly.

When asked whether China believed Japan was sincere in resolving the issue, Lu said the government would be watching.

"Just like you, as for whether Japan can do it, if its words and actions are consistent from start to finish, we will wait and see."   Continued...

 
Former South Korean "comfort women" watch a news report as they wait for the result of meeting between foreign ministers of South Korea and Japan at the "House of Sharing," a special shelter for former "comfort women", in Gwangju, South Korea, December 28, 2015.  REUTERS/Hong Ki-won/Yonhap