France urges China-Japan dialogue

11th April 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, April 11 (AFP) - Beijing and Tokyo should enter into a spirit of mutual respect after violent weekend protests outside Japanese missions in China, the French foreign ministry said Monday.

PARIS, April 11 (AFP) - Beijing and Tokyo should enter into a spirit of mutual respect after violent weekend protests outside Japanese missions in China, the French foreign ministry said Monday.

"France trusts the leaders of China and Japan will aim to lead their relations toward a spirit of dialogue, tolerance and mutual respect," a ministry spokesman told reporters.

Up to 10,000 demonstrators marched in Beijing on Saturday to protest Japan's handling of its wartime past and Tokyo's bid for a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council.

On Sunday, the demonstrations continued in the south Chinese hubs of Shenzhen and Guangzhou, involving a total of 20,000 people.

© AFP

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