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FM urges Japan to be prudent with constitution revision
2005-03-01 05:22:07 XinhuaEnglish

BEIJING, March 1(Xinhuanet)-- Japan should take a prudent approach with constitution revision involving the war-renouncing Article 9, said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao here Tuesday.

Liu made the remark at a routine news conference in response toa report that Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party(LDP) was tosubmit the first draft constitution revision in March.

Japan's pacifist constitution enacted after the World War II forbids the possession of an army and the involvement in warfare. Yet, as a leading economic power in today's world, Japan's ambition to play an important role politically and militarily has flared up.

The LDP aims to present the constitution revision for discussion at the 50th anniversary of its establishment in November, with the intent to revise the war-renouncing Article 9.

"As Japan's neighbor, China sincerely hopes that Japan should conscientiously draw its lessons, give due considerations to the concerns of Asian countries which it had invaded in World War II. China hopes that it should be prudent in making any revision relating to the military security," said Liu, noting that Japan's"peaceful" development is in the fundamental interest of both the country itself and the whole region.

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