Japan criticizes UN chief's China parade trip (dpa German Press Agency)

Tokyo (dpa) – Japan expressed concern Monday about UN Secretary
General Ban Ki Moon’s visit to China week to observe a military
parade marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.

Ban “should not unnecessarily focus on particular past,” Chief
Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said. “The United Nations should
take a neutral position.”

Ban, a former South Korean foreign minister, is scheduled to attend
the ceremony Thursday that Beijing calls the “Victory Day of the
Chinese People’s War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression.”

Nearly 1,000 foreign troops from 17 countries will also participate
in the parade and 30 heads of state will be in attendance, including
Russian President Vladimir Putin and South Korea President Park
Geun-hye.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declined to attend, as have many
Western leaders.

“The secretary general believes that it is important to reflect on
the past, look at the lessons we have learned and how we can move
ahead to a brighter future based on these lessons,” Ban’s office told
Kyodo News agency Friday.

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