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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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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.
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.
Scmpbeijing1, Were Japan's actions 'right' then, or are you yourself 'a stooge of Japan'?
I didnt know the Chinese are still receiving aid money from the JPs.. where did u get this info anyway?
Yakasune Shrine should not house the war criminals' remains. Politicians' visits reinforce the impression Japan is in denial about its militarist history of aggression.
Chinese arrogance and hate mongering, however, reflect a very ugly side of the culture and only deepens international suspicion that China is on the same road as Japan was in its imperialist days. Does the CCP govern China or do Global Times and China Daily? Or are they inseparable?
'Chinese arrogance and hate mongering'? Where did you see this? Did China initiate this war of words, or was it just reacting to what Japan did? Japan was the aggressor and with this shrine visit, shows no remorse and shows contempt for the feelings of the people it had invaded, looted and killed. But still China is the bad guy? It shows a very poor side of your judgement and prejudices.
'China is on the same road as Japan was in its imperialist days'. Really? Has one Chinese soldier fought in another country, like the US, UK, France, Australia etc?
Jonathan Smith
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.
Agree with Jonathan Smith. Japan is being provocative about a sensitive national issue, and somehow caractacus blames China!
P Blair
Paying homage at the Yasukuni War Shrine is without a doubt also paying homage to war-criminals. Given that Shinzo Abe, Japanese rightists and war-mongers insists on paying homage to war-criminals, a good response by the rest of the world including China and Korea would be to pay homage to the atomic bombings of Japan and the execution of Japanese war-criminals. The world should have a "Celebrate the Atomic Bombings of Japan" homage day on August 6 as well as a "Celebrate the hanging of Japanese war-criminals " homage day on December 23.
Agree, agree. However, we are nicer and can't celebrate these deaths, even though they are aggressors and sub-human beings.




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