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China must retaliate for Japanese prime minister’s war shrine visit: official media

Official media warns China will become a ‘paper tiger’ if countermeasures against Japan are not taken over Yasukuni visit

PUBLISHED : Friday, 27 December, 2013, 11:46am
UPDATED : Friday, 27 December, 2013, 4:33pm

China must take “excessive” counter-measures after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s controversial war shrine visit, state-run media urged on Friday, reflecting the smouldering resentment among Chinese at its onetime invader.

China expressed its opposition and summoned Tokyo’s ambassador on Thursday to deliver a “strong reprimand” after Abe paid respects at the Yasukuni shrine.

The site honours several high-level officials executed for war crimes after the second world war, a reminder of Japan’s 20th century aggression and a source of bitterness for China and other Asian countries.

“People are getting tired of such futile ‘strong condemnations’,” said an editorial in the Global Times, a paper close to the ruling Communist Party that often strikes a nationalist tone.

“China needs to take appropriate, even slightly excessive countermeasures” or else “be seen as a ‘paper tiger’”, it warned.

“In the eyes of China, Abe, behaving like a political villain, is much like the terrorists and fascists on the commonly seen blacklists.”
Global Times

It suggested barring high-profile Japanese politicians and other officials who went to the shrine from visiting China for five years.

Abe’s visit was the first by an incumbent Japanese prime minister to the inflammatory site since 2006, and came as tensions between the two Asian powers have escalated since last year over a territorial dispute in the East China Sea.

State-run media also excoriated Abe, who has sought to shore up Japan’s military.

“In the eyes of China, Abe, behaving like a political villain, is much like the terrorists and fascists on the commonly seen blacklists,” the Global Times said.

The China Daily called the visit “an intolerable insult” that had “slammed the door to dialogue shut”, adding that “Abe knew it would be an insult. But he does not care”.

It criticised the leader’s “sheer hypocrisy” and “nasty track record”, including “his denial of the aggressive nature of Japanese intrusions during WWII, his lack of remorse for Japan’s historical sins”.

China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi called Abe’s visit “a flagrant provocation against international justice and treads arbitrarily on humanity’s conscience”, a ministry statement said on Thursday.

China and Japan, the world’s second- and third-largest economies, have important trading ties.

But conflict over the East China Sea islands known as the Diaoyus in China and the Senkakus in Japan have soured diplomatic relations since last year.

The controversial visit has been widely condemned around the world.

South Korea's Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Yoo Jin-ryong, called it a deplorable and anachronistic act that damaged ties between the two countries and summoned a top Japanese diplomat in Seoul to protest. He added: "We cannot withhold regret and anger over the visit."

China and South Korea have repeatedly expressed anger in the past over Japanese politicians’ visits to Yasukuni Shrine, where Japanese leaders convicted as war criminals by an Allied tribunal after World War Two are honoured along with those who died in battle.

The two countries have been especially touchy about visits to the shrine by serving Japanese prime ministers, and Abe is the first leader in office to pay homage at Yasukuni in the past seven years.

The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo issued a statement saying Japan’s leadership had “taken an action that will exacerbate tensions” with neighbours.

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typhoon.lee.9
This Japanese Shrine (Yasukuni Shrine) is different from the regular Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ! The latter is a generalized memorial, not dedicated to any specific person, but the armed forces in general. But Yasukuni Shrine is totally different, it memorialises Japanese soldiers with specific names, and the worst is that it also includes the names of 14 Class-A documented war criminals (same level as Hilter, Joseph Goebbels, Goring, Himmler, etc), and the names of around 1000 Class-B war criminals. It is completely different from the regular unknown solder tombs in other countries !!!
Think this way: this Japanese shrine is more the equivalent if Germany had a shrine dedicated to their fallen soldiers (with all their names listed in the Shrine). Well till now everything looks Okay if all names are of normal solders. However, what's unacceptable is that the Shrine also includes the names of Adolf Hitler, Joseph Goebbels, Heinrich Himmler, and so forth. It wouldn't be very diplomatic for the German Chancellor to visit a memorial and pay respects to a list of names that include Hitler, Goebbels, and Himmler, now would it? Just remove these Class-A war criminal names from the shrine please !!
Is it Okay for German Chancellor to visit a shrine which also includes Adolf Hitler's name (if there's one) or German choose to erect one. What would be the reaction from the Jewish community and western world??
mercedes2233
Abe's visit to the shrine was a bad PR move. What about him visiting the Nanjing Massacre Memorial and paying respects and condolences to the people Japanese forces killed? That would be an astute move. Or doesn't he care about being seen to be insensitive to the feelings of Japan's victims, and be deliberately provocative? Shall we celebrate the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in the same spirit?
scmpbeijing1
The senior Chinese leadership this week paid their respects to Mao Zedong, the man responsible for tens of millions of deaths and who knows how many ruined lives. The Japanese can't compare to him in terms of the suffering caused to the Chinese people. Paying homage to Mao is an outrage and the Chinese people should retaliate against the bankrupt Communists for it's lack of sensitivity. They should be pulling his portrait off of Tiananmen Square and his body into a trashcan--and not idolizing him.
mercedes2233
The 'senior Chinese leadership' also pronounced that Mao is not a god. Even if Mao was bad, does that mean that it was OK for Japan to do what it did to its neighbours?
Hail the bulest!
Anyone want to give their opinions about why China and Japan cannot maintain their relationship and was constantly troubled by all kinds of negative confrontations? Why Japan cannot give out a real and official apology to the crime it done almost a century ago? Which to my opinion is so easy to do and so much profit and returns it can gain. And why China sticks on to its old and traditional diplomatic tone which sounds so aggressive to other countries? which is easy to change and great profit in return too. It is really a shame that this two countries are still troubled by historical reason and refuse to move on to a potentially much better relationship and cooperation for both countries in Asia and the world.
mercedes2233
But who is provoking whom? Japan started the Diaoyutai standoff by 'buying' part of it. Abe visited the Yasakuni Shrine knowing full well the hurt that does to the countries it brutalized. Which 'old and traditional diplomatic tone' are you offended by? Did China not have the right to respond the way it did? Ask the Jews whether or not they still feel aggrieved at their treatment by the Germans. Germany has wisely stayed quiet and not provoked them. Not so the Japanese.
Hail the bulest!
mercedes2233
When we talking about foreign relationship, especially between the countries like Japan and China, a responsible citizen will think more about the duties of each country and how we going to fix the problems instead of what Japan and China can do to continue this confrontation.If both want to remain competitive in future, a strong relationship between them is crucial. Europe can get it done, why can't Asia?
hongkiejj@malaysiaboleh
@hail the bulest
alot of us here in south east asia dat suffered during ww2 have move on after all it has been more than 70 years but the issue is not if we have move on or not but the continuous visit @ ys and insultingly deny by the Japanese govt itself is the problem. japan knows this and yet they keep doing it. I personally feel it is very provocative.
what Mercedes is saying is correct if you are in her/his shoes.
how do we solve it and how do we move forward is subject to how japan govt wants to deal with it.
if there is any suggestion on your part, that would be grateful and highly appreciated
Hail the bulest!
and answering what diplomatic tone I referred to, it is the standard tone China used domestically and in foreign affair. For this reason, even when China doesn't want to be tough, when it translate into English, it can sound very unprofessional. This is a not a isolated case.
Beaker
Think logically people. If atrocities against Chinese people is the one criteria by which the people and govt gonads (organs??) use to complain against the visit to Yasukuni Shrine, then the first thing the CCP should do is to demolish the macabre monument in Beijing with the dead fat guy preserved for eternity, cremate the body and sprinkle the ashes on the food of those who worship the fat guy. I mean, seriously, who committed the worse and more egregious atrocities against Chinese people, Mao or the **** (of WW2 as opposed to "The Japanese people" of today)? By numbers, cruelty, and long term damage done to China, Mao did a lot more harm. But yet, here they are in the same week honoring the 120th birthday of the dead bloated one while the same gonads are calling for "excessive" retaliation against Japan. What the heck is that, "excessive"? Why not just appropriate retaliation for visiting a shrine, whatever that may be. Dunno, send a bunch of Mainland tourists to visit the shrine and **** on their urns (urns, urinals, whatever), throw candy wrappers and orange peels one the grounds. Oh, but they would do that anyway whether to desecrate a shrine or just normally being, you know, Mainland tourists. Just look at Hong Kong not being desacrated. Same same.

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