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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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Jonathan Smith
caractacus
To claim there is Chinese arrogance and hate mongering in the face of serious provocation by Japan shows how disingenuous you are. I suppose if you are a descendant of those comfort-woman and Japanese rightists say the comfort-woman are just prostitutes or were willing sex-slaves you wouldn't protest. If your ancestors were POWs who were butchered and Japanese rightists say they deserve to be massacred because they shouldn't have surrendered in the first place, you wouldn't dare to raise any protest. Your unfair disdain and hatred of the Chinese just proves that you are a bigot and a very pathetic thing.
Stephan
I wonder why so many Chinese go on holiday to Japan, if they dispite the country....double moral???
I Gandhi
Japan looted from Asia 10 trillion USD in today's money by the end of 1945. Japan wasn't even asked to pay war reparations and what the **** "gave" to China and others is only a tiny part of the loot they stole. Stop being a Japanese stooge and an embarrassment to your own country. Maybe your father is a Japanese Imperialist. Shame on you! You are better off posting at the Yasukuni shrine.
liukuei
Somebody's got to stand up to china's Communist Party and its temper tantrums. Go Abe Go!
ejmciii
You have to hand it to the propaganda ministry in the PRC, acting like this is not a well orchestrated attempt to threaten the Japanese while looking like it is the other way. What is amusing is that they really seem not to get it that outside China, very few people are so deluded as to do anything other than laugh at Chinese claims. I do give them points for ignoring reality.
superdx
So China wants a war. In all war, it is possible to lose. And should China lose again, will the PRC government survive the disappointment of its people? China has won no major conflicts for the past 100 years. Something to think about.
lamlm38
the yanks should take better care of her 'dogs'.. this Abe dog is too dangerous to be left alone!!!
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.
scmpbeijing1
And how much has the Communist leadership looted from China? Stop being a stooge of the CPC and stand up for what's right. Shame on you.
ohyeahar
I’m aware of what happened during WW2. Actually EVERYONE is aware of it. But the fact is the war is over, the Axis nations surrendered, and treaties were signed.
If China (or any other nation) feels that strongly against Japan, then they should simply not have any relations with Japan. If you adopt their brands, culture, and cuisines and you travel there for leisure, then you really should stop the saber-rattling every time Japan recognizes their past.
Every nation has the right to do so. The US celebrates July 4 as their Independence Day. Does the UK get upset every time that happens?

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