South Korea, China warn Japan not to backtrack on apology over wartime past

January 27, 2015 8:39 AM

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South Korea, China warn Japan not to backtrack on apology over wartime past

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea and China warned Japan on Tuesday not to backtrack on its apology issued 20 years ago over its wartime past when Prime Minister Shinzo Abe makes a statement on the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two.

Japan's ties with South Korea and China have worsened sharply as Abe has adopted a conservative agenda, including a less apologetic tone toward the wartime past and bolstering Japan's defenses.

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