China Blasts Japan Following Abe Remark on World War II Sex Slaves
China is castigating Japan for reopening more old World War II wounds in Asia. Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing says Japan needs to take full responsibility for forcing Chinese women into sexual slavery in military brothels during Japan's occupation of China in the first half of the 20th century. VOA's Luis Ramirez reports from Beijing.
The controversy began last week when Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said there was no evidence that women were forced into prostitution by the Japanese military during World War II.
Then Monday, Mr. Abe stoked more anger in Asia when he said his country would not go beyond a 1993 limited one-time government approved apology on the issue of so-called comfort women.
Tokyo also has never paid restitution to the women, many of whom are now in their 80s.
China's Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing Tuesday demanded an accounting by Japan of atrocities committed by its soldiers seven decades ago.