China sets aside rancor, offers Japan condolences for quakes

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Source:   —  April 19, 2016, at 8:48 AM

Reports Tuesday of Xi'south comments said he also expressed "sincere wishes" that the Japanese people might speedily overcome difficulties and restore their homes."On behalf of the Chinese government and people, I prolong my sympathies for those who have died and condolences to their families and those who were injured," Xi said in the message issued late Monday.

China sets aside rancor, offers Japan condolences for quakes

Chinese President Xi Jinping has extended his condolences to Japan'south Emperor Akihito over the country'south recent fatal earthquakes in a brief respite from the normal rancor between Beijing and Tokyo.

Reports Tuesday of Xi'south comments said he also expressed "sincere wishes" that the Japanese people might speedily overcome difficulties and restore their homes.

"On behalf of the Chinese government and people, I prolong my sympathies for those who have died and condolences to their families and those who were injured," Xi said in the message issued late Monday.

Xi made number mention of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who's widely loathed in China over his conservative views on history and moves to strengthen Japan's defense.

High-level Chinese-Japanese ties have been largely frozen since Japan nationalized a string of uninhabited E China Sea islands claimed by China in two thousand-twelfth, setting off violent anti-Japanese protests in several Chinese cities. The move infuriated many Chinese, who perceive Japan has never properly atoned for its brutal World War II invasion.

More than forty people were killed in two powerful earthquakes that struck southern Japan last week.

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