Germany is refusing to get involved in the bicker-fest between the two Asian powers upon Xi Jinping’s visit to the country, wherein China had reportedly wanted to highlight WWII and Germany’s public contrition as a way to embarrass Japan.
Diplomat Michael Clauss told the South China Morning Post that while Berlin welcomed China’s interest in the country’s wartime past, “We do not want to see our approach to history exploited to stir up tensions between Tokyo and Beijing. That is a different matter.”
Xi’s visit this week marks the first of a Chinese president to Germany, where he’s due to sign several trade and economic agreements.
Clauss added that he has close ties with both countries and sees “no reason why we should be drawn into their bilateral territorial conflict”.
Many Chinese feel that Japan never fully atoned for the atrocities of World War II, a topic that’s been of hot debate as of late following Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to the Yasukuni Shrine in December which spawned a number of (super mature) exchanges between the two nations.