Disposal experts from Japan and China began to excavate Japanese chemical weapons abandoned after World War II in Ning'an City, northeast China's Heilongjiang Province on Wednesday.
Over the course of the next eight days, more than 20 Japanese experts, dispatched by the Japanese government at the request of the Chinese government will confirm the weapons and dispose of them, assisted by Chinese experts.
After Japan surrendered in 1945, its forces dumped a large quantity of chemical weapons in China. Figures from the Foreign Ministry show that Japan abandoned at least 2million tons of chemical weapons in China. A total of 2,000 Chinese people have been killed by the chemical weapons since 1945.
China and Japan joined the United Nations Chemical Weapons Convention in 1997. Japan agreed to provide all the necessary funds, equipment and personnel for the retrieval and destruction of all the chemical weapons abandoned by Japan in China by April, 2007. So far 37,499 chemical weapons have been retrieved.
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