Chinese media slam Japan deal on wartime sex slaves

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BEIJING: Japan’s landmark apology for its use of Korean sex slaves during World War II is too little too late, Chinese state media said Wednesday, slamming the long-awaited mea culpa as insincere and insufficient. The deal officially closes Seoul and Tokyo’s long and bitter dispute over the Japanese Imperial Army’s forced recruitment of “comfort women” to work in military brothels in its former colony. While the deal pleased many in Washington, it met with a frosty reception in Beijing, which wields popular anger over Japan’s wartime atrocities in China — including the use of Chinese “comfort women” — as a cudgel against Tokyo. Following the rapprochement, questions remain about why Japan “singled out” South Korea for an apology, the official news agency Xinhua wrote in a commentary late Tuesday.

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