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China to Post War Criminal Confessions Amid Tensions With Japan

July 3 (Bloomberg) -- China began publishing a series of 45 confessions made by Japanese war criminals, in a move likely to further roil strained relations between the World War II foes.

Li Minghua, deputy chief of the State Archives Administration, said each of the written confessions will be posted online every day from today, according to a transcript on the State Council’s website. Li made the comments at a press conference in Beijing today.

“The purpose of the posting is to remind people to remember the history, take history as a mirror and cherish peace,” said Li, according to the transcript. “We stress the importance of remembering history because we hope the people will take history as a mirror, face the future and avoid repetition of the historical tragedy, instead of passing on the hatred.”

To contact Bloomberg News staff for this story: Judy Chen in Shanghai at xchen45@bloomberg.net To contact the editors responsible for this story: Katrina Nicholas at knicholas2@bloomberg.net Neil Western, Chua Kong Ho

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