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Yang Jiechi Voices Solemn Stance of China to Japan over Forcing Through the New Security Bills by the House of Representatives of the National Diet of Japan

On July 16, 2015, the House of Representatives of the National Diet of Japan held a plenary session, during which the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and Komei Party, which control a majority of seats in the House of Representatives, forced through the new security bills that will expand the role of Japan's Self-Defense Forces (SDF). A number of opposition parties including the Democratic Party, Japan Innovation Party, Japanese Communist Party, Social Democratic Party and People's Life Party tried to block a vote on the bills and strongly condemned the ruling coalition on their forcing through of the new security bills. Local opinion polls showed that more than half of Japanese people hold negative views on the bills.

On the afternoon, when holding the China-Japan high-level political dialogue with Secretary General of National Security Secretariat Shotaro Yachi of Japan, who was in China for a visit, Yang Jiechi voiced stern concern and solemn stance of China over the issue. Yang Jiechi expressed that due to historical reasons, Japan’s moves in the military and security field are closely watched by its Asian neighbors and the international community. The approval of the new security bills by Japan’s House of Representatives is an unprecedented move taken by Japan in military and security field since the World War II. In the international circumstances of seeking peace, development, cooperation and win-win collaboration, the Japanese side runs against the tide of the times and the general trend of the world by accelerating the build-up of its military muscles and significantly changing its military security policy, which cannot but raise concern and questions from its neighboring countries and the rest of the international community on whether Japan will give up its exclusively defense-oriented policy.

Yang Jiechi stressed that this year marks the 70th anniversary of the victory of the Chinese People’s War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression and the World Anti-Fascist War. At such a moment when people around the world memorize history and hope for peace, we solemnly urge the Japanese side to draw hard lessons from history, stick to the path of peaceful development, respect the major security concerns of its Asian neighbors, and refrain from crippling regional peace and stability.

On the same day, the Foreign Ministry Spokesperson also elaborated China’s solemn stance over approval of the new security bills by the House of Representatives of Japan.

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