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Chemical Weapons Discarded in China
2005-08-01 14:00:59    CRIENGLISH.com
Discarded Japanese chemical weapons have so far been found in more than 30 places in over 10 cities and provinces in China.
In the war, the Japanese army openly violated international conventions by using chemical weapons, which caused severe casualties among Chinese soldiers and civilians. When Japan was defeated, large amounts of chemical weapons were buried and discarded in China to cover up the evidence of their crimes. Discarded Japanese chemical weapons have so far been found in more than 30 places in over 10 cities and provinces in China. Eroded by the wind and rain of over half a century, some of those chemical weapons are corroding and others are leaking, greatly endangering the safety of the Chinese people and the environment. From 1989 to the present, in order to solve the problem, the two sides held four rounds of negotiations at governmental-level and four expert-level consultations. In 1997, the two sides established a Joint Working Group. Four meetings of the Joint Working Group were held thereafter. Encouraged by the Chinese side, the Japanese side conducted 15 field inspections of its leftover chemical weapons. Through a number of negotiations and joint investigations, Japan recognized the fact that it discarded a large amount of chemical weapons and was fully aware of the seriousness and urgency of the issue. Japan keenly regretted the damage which the Chinese people have so far suffered.
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