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Foreign Ministry Spokesman Qin Gang's Remarks on the Compensation Law Suit by Chinese Forced Labors

2007-03-15

Q: I learned that the Japanese Supreme Court will open up debate tomorrow over the compensation law suit filed by the Chinese forced labors. This will be the first time for Japan's highest judicial authority to interpret the Sino-Japanese Joint Statement. What position does China hold?

A: As a solemn political and diplomatic document signed by Chinese and Japanese Governments, Sino-Japanese Joint Statement constitutes the political basis of the restoration and development of post-war Sino-Japanese relations. Neither country should unilaterally interpret any crucial principle or issues in the document, including judicial interpretation.

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