Xi offers Park to jointly celebrate Korean peninsula's liberation from Japan

BEIJING, July 4 (Yonhap) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping has offered South Korean President Park Geun-hye to "jointly hold memorial activities" next year to mark the 70th anniversary of the Korean Peninsula's liberation from Japan's colonial rule as well as the end of World War II, according to China's foreign ministry on Friday.

The proposal, which would mark a significant effort for China to join with South Korea in criticism of Japan, was made during summit talks between Park and Xi in Seoul on Thursday, the Chinese ministry said in a statement posted on its website.

China's state-run Xinhua news agency also carried a similar report, saying Xi said South Korea and China "could jointly hold memorial activities next year on the occasions of the 70th anniversary of the victory of the Anti-Fascist War, of the victory of the War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression, and of the liberation of the Korean Peninsula from Japan's colonial rule."

The proposal by Xi was not immediately confirmed by South Korea.

When asked about the proposal, South Korean presidential spokesman Min Kyung-wook told reporters in Seoul on Friday that Park and Xi discussed "issues with regard to Japan's perception of history, but I could not confirm what sorts of remarks were exchanged."

Korea and China both suffered under brutal Japanese rule, with Korea being colonized by Japan from 1910 to 1945 and some parts of China being occupied by Japan in the early part of the 20th century.

During the Thursday summit, Park and Xi vowed to make the Korean Peninsula free of nuclear weapons as they warned North Korea against detonating a nuclear bomb.

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