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Foreign Ministry Spokesman Liu Jianchao's Comment on Japan Criticizing China of Slow Response on ACW Handling
2005-06-28 00:00

Q: According to today's reports of major Japanese media, when meeting the press on June 27, a senior official of Japanese Foreign Ministry said that the Japanese side hoped to speed up handling the incident that Japanese abandoned chemical weapons(ACW) caused injuries in Guangzhou, but China responded slowly. What's China's comment?

A: We have taken note of the reports in Japanese media. China has made representations to Japan on this and required them to clarify.

The ACWs testify to one of the serious crimes committed by Japanese militarism during their aggression in China, and have been posing major and real threats on the life and property of the people as well as the biological environment in relevant Chinese regions until today. The injuries in Guangzhou caused by Japanese ACWs once again proved the fact. The Japanese Government should strictly abide by the Chemical Weapons Convention and the Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of China and the Government of Japan on the Destruction of the Chemical Weapons in China Abandoned by Japan, faithfully honor its responsibility of the ACW destruction and completely destruct those weapons at an early date.

The Chinese Government has consistently attached high importance to handling Japanese ACWs, and made down-to-earth positive efforts to accelerate the process. Now it is up to the Japanese side to make concrete efforts helpful to the process of ACW handling.

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