Singapore PM Urges Japan to acknowledge past wrongs

Write : 2015-05-30 14:53:46 Update : 2015-05-31 16:18:09

The prime minister of Singapore has urged Japan to acknowledge its past aggression.
 
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong made the remark during a keynote speech at the 14th Asia Security Summit, also known as the Shangri-La Dialogue that opened in Singapore Friday.
 
He said the "Japanese public opinion needs to be more forthright in rejecting the more outrageous interpretations of history by their right-wing academics and politicians." 
 
Lee said the war still casts "a shadow over relations between old adversaries, in particular between Japan and its neighbors China and Korea."
 
Noting that Tokyo's position has been "less unequivocal" on such issues as the forced enslavement of Asian women for its wartime troops, the prime minister said Japan "needs to acknowledge the past wrongs."
 
But Lee also called on South Korea and China "to accept Japan's acknowledgments, and not demand that Japan apologize over and over again." 
 
His remark could be disputed as it can be seen as urging Seoul and Beijing to put the history behind them and move on.
 
The Singaporean leader also stressed security cooperation between China and the U.S. in Asia-Pacific in light of heightening military tensions between the two sides over the South China Sea.
 
South Korean Defense Minister Han Min-koo who is also attending the Shangri-La Dialogue will hold a series of bilateral talks with his U.S. and Japanese counterparts as well as a three-way meeting with both sides Saturday afternoon.
 
The talks will discuss cooperation against North Korea's nuclear and missile threat and the scope of Japan's Self-Defense Forces on the Korean Peninsula during contingency situations. 

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