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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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Agree with Jonathan Smith. Japan is being provocative about a sensitive national issue, and somehow caractacus blames China!
Agree, agree. However, we are nicer and can't celebrate these deaths, even though they are aggressors and sub-human beings.
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?
the us was ' disappointed ' not condemnation.....and which european head condemned ? U read only scmp ? Get out of your bubble
China did NOT wish to fight any wars. It was happy to mind its own business when the European countries ganged up and attacked her. And then the Japanese. Or didn't you know?
@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
Scmpbeijing1, Were Japan's actions 'right' then, or are you yourself 'a stooge of Japan'?
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?
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.



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