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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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A Hong Konger
Is this article a joke? It simply rehashes tirades by unimportant mid-level officials made in a personal capacity and incoherent nonsense from emotive editorials in state mouthpieces in a one sided fashion with zero analysis. The provocative title of this article even seems to support nationalist cheer leading for violence in retaliation for an ill-conceived visit by a nationalist Prime Minister to a domestic (albeit controversial) war memorial, with no regard to the broader context. What is needed is strong analysis and balanced journalism that doesn't cater to the more brutish and violent among us (something I'm proud to say is something Hong Kongers are not known for). I know the editorial control and quality of reporting has declined at the SCMP in the last two decades, but this filler article is irresponsible and shows the SCMP incapable of quality journalism and analysis of any kind. I hope the editorial staff will reconsider their position and realise they have the ability to actually lend positive insight into the simmering tensions and will do their part to help defuse things instead of writing this third-time reprinted trash.
I wonder why so many Chinese go on holiday to Japan, if they dispite the country....double moral???
Because Chinese people can be forgiving. And because the yen is low.
And because we can separate the Japanese people from its govt.
Get it?
explain why it is ok for japan or any other countries that has setup their azid is ok for you whereas in china case, it is a threat ?
japan zone was unilaterally setup without any consultation nor care of the worlds & neighbours as well ?
A Hong Konger
Because Japan's long standing ADIZ did not overlap an area that was the focus of sovereignty issues, at least at the time. Furthermore it did not and does not overlap any area administered by another state. The new Chinese ADIZ directly affects and undermines Japan's administering of the islands and can be used as a precursor to intercept both civil and Defence Force air traffic that Japan routinely employs, thereby changing the status quo, unnecessarily increasing the risk of conflict. This being the case it was deliberately designed to change the structure and destabilise the region a bit more. Irresponsible by any standard, and just as irresponsible as Abe's visit to Yasukuni, but each side have their reasons for both actions. What frustrates me is this comment has more analysis than the actual article.
that is the argument for us to ponder...something both sides agreed to put those rocks into cold storage but no longer valid and initiated by japan despite repeatedly warned.
yes and its a fact that china zone is aim at challenging the so called status quo but I simply just disagree with the wording irresponsibility or threat.
lets get real here...china will not and I do not think china is stupid enough to send warplanes to harass civilian planes.
double standards are applied in media trashing china and anything bad about china news sell ! a more balance analysis is definitely welcome but sadly, its not.
Somebody's got to stand up to china's Communist Party and its temper tantrums. Go Abe Go!
Masako Owada
On behalf of Abe and Japanese rightists, thank you. Our descendants of comfort-woman are doing their share for Japan. Your Imperial Japanese father will be very proud of you. Go slave go!
i dont condone what the **** did in ww2 & what that idiot pm just did, but didnt china just militarize a disputed zone without care of the world & its neighbours ?
cmon china, grow up
even european org and us condemn this act. grow up and have some common sense




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