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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Wen Presses Japanese Lawmakers

TOKYO -- Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on Thursday urged Japan's parliament not to forget Tokyo's wartime aggression, even as the two Asian powers mend their strained relations and bolster thriving business ties.

Wen -- the first Chinese leader to address the Japanese parliament in 22 years -- was on a three-day trip to Japan as the two countries worked to reverse a deterioration in ties caused, in part, by disagreements over the past.

The Chinese premier, who spent part of Thursday encouraging Japanese business leaders to invest in China, also struck a conciliatory note, acknowledging Japanese apologies and blaming a clique of militarists for Tokyo's invasions of China.

"To reflect on history is not to dwell on hard feelings but to remember and learn from the past in order to open a better future," he said, adding, however, that he hoped Japan's apologies would be "turned into actions."

The two countries have been at odds in recent years over Japan's invasions and occupation of China in the 1930s and '40s. China has accused Japan of not fully atoning for its aggression, while some Japanese feel accounts of their wrongdoings have been exaggerated.

The Wen trip was aimed at building on an improvement in ties begun when Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe traveled to China in October. Ties had plunged to postwar lows during the 2001-2006 term of his predecessor, Junichiro Koizumi.