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China, S Korea call for correct attitude toward history

By Xinhua
 China, S Korea call for correct attitude toward history
Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) shakes hands with South Korea's National Assembly Speaker Chung Ui-hwa (R) during their meeting at the National Assembly in Seoul on July 4, 2014. (AFP)

SEOUL - China and South Korea share similar experiences in history and common concern as well, Chinese President Xi Jinping said Friday, as both nations are calling for a correct attitude toward history.

"Past experience, if not forgotten, is a guide for the future," Xi said while meeting with South Korea's National Assembly Speaker Chung Ui-hwa. "In line with that spirit, the two countries can jointly hold memorial activities next year."

The year 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the victory of the Anti-Fascist War, of the victory of the War of Chinese People's Resistance against Japanese Aggression, and of the liberation of the Korean Peninsula from Japan's colonial rule.

China's National People's Congress and South Korea's National Assembly issued a joint press communique on history issue last August.

Chung said that the realization of a lasting peace in Northeast Asia must be based on a common understanding of history.

He said that South Korea's National Assembly proposed setting up a joint committee on history studies among South Korea, China and Japan to exchange thoughts about history issue and establish a correct conception of history.

The Chinese president arrived Thursday for a two-day state visit to South Korea, his first trip to the Asian neighbor since he took office last year.

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