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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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chanaa
the us was ' disappointed ' not condemnation.....and which european head condemned ? U read only scmp ? Get out of your bubble
viclg
even us now pulled out of meeting with japan now.
seems u have a chinese last name. shame on u. why not change it and go lick a your japanese father's dxck?
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.
mercedes2233
What do you think of the PR of Japan? It must do a good job to get nignogs like you on its side, despite its ferocious and cruel history.
crbfile
eh, Japan need to confess and own up to the WW2 war crimes and atrocities in China, Korea, Philippines, etc. Otherwise, a war is brewing.
ohyeahar
This is tiresome. The only one stirring up trouble and reminding everyone of WW2 is China.
mercedes2233
That's because you live in Asia. Ask the Jews if they are sensitive about anyone celebrating the holocaust!
hongkiejj@malaysiaboleh
how about korea, Singapore, Malaysia.........and other countries that has suffered as well...do you think we are not aware of what japan has done ? somethings don't just walk away ....
we are tired of japan continuous deny and perceived arrogance, it is really up to japan to face the truth and swallow their pride and just admit and get it over and done.
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?
mercedes2233
Do you know what you are talking about! China 'adopting' Japan's culture? Japanese even incorporates Chinese characters into their written language, and their cultures and customs were adapted from Chinese. Look at their museums and their ancient writings and garments and tell me if they are not Chinese. We travel there because the yen is low.
The US split from the UK in a fair and square battle for independence. Did the US march to the UK and slaughter the inhabitants? A more appropriate analogy if you wish to make one is the slaughter of Jews by the Germans, which Germany is wisely not celebrating or commemorating.

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