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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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typhoon.lee.9
This Japanese Shrine (Yasukuni Shrine) is different from the regular Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ! The latter is a generalized memorial, not dedicated to any specific person, but the armed forces in general. But Yasukuni Shrine is totally different, it memorialises Japanese soldiers with specific names, and the worst is that it also includes the names of 14 Class-A documented war criminals (same level as Hilter, Joseph Goebbels, Goring, Himmler, etc), and the names of around 1000 Class-B war criminals. It is completely different from the regular unknown solder tombs in other countries !!!
Think this way: this Japanese shrine is more the equivalent if Germany had a shrine dedicated to their fallen soldiers (with all their names listed in the Shrine). Well till now everything looks Okay if all names are of normal solders. However, what's unacceptable is that the Shrine also includes the names of Adolf Hitler, Joseph Goebbels, Heinrich Himmler, and so forth. It wouldn't be very diplomatic for the German Chancellor to visit a memorial and pay respects to a list of names that include Hitler, Goebbels, and Himmler, now would it? Just remove these Class-A war criminal names from the shrine please !!
Is it Okay for German Chancellor to visit a shrine which also includes Adolf Hitler's name (if there's one) or German choose to erect one. What would be the reaction from the Jewish community and western world??
mercedes2233
Abe's visit to the shrine was a bad PR move. What about him visiting the Nanjing Massacre Memorial and paying respects and condolences to the people Japanese forces killed? That would be an astute move. Or doesn't he care about being seen to be insensitive to the feelings of Japan's victims, and be deliberately provocative? Shall we celebrate the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in the same spirit?
scmpbeijing1
The senior Chinese leadership this week paid their respects to Mao Zedong, the man responsible for tens of millions of deaths and who knows how many ruined lives. The Japanese can't compare to him in terms of the suffering caused to the Chinese people. Paying homage to Mao is an outrage and the Chinese people should retaliate against the bankrupt Communists for it's lack of sensitivity. They should be pulling his portrait off of Tiananmen Square and his body into a trashcan--and not idolizing him.
mercedes2233
The 'senior Chinese leadership' also pronounced that Mao is not a god. Even if Mao was bad, does that mean that it was OK for Japan to do what it did to its neighbours?
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.
mercedes2233
But who is provoking whom? Japan started the Diaoyutai standoff by 'buying' part of it. Abe visited the Yasakuni Shrine knowing full well the hurt that does to the countries it brutalized. Which 'old and traditional diplomatic tone' are you offended by? Did China not have the right to respond the way it did? Ask the Jews whether or not they still feel aggrieved at their treatment by the Germans. Germany has wisely stayed quiet and not provoked them. Not so the Japanese.
Hail the bulest!
mercedes2233
When we talking about foreign relationship, especially between the countries like Japan and China, a responsible citizen will think more about the duties of each country and how we going to fix the problems instead of what Japan and China can do to continue this confrontation.If both want to remain competitive in future, a strong relationship between them is crucial. Europe can get it done, why can't Asia?
hongkiejj@malaysiaboleh
@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
Hail the bulest!
and answering what diplomatic tone I referred to, it is the standard tone China used domestically and in foreign affair. For this reason, even when China doesn't want to be tough, when it translate into English, it can sound very unprofessional. This is a not a isolated case.
Beaker
Think logically people. If atrocities against Chinese people is the one criteria by which the people and govt gonads (organs??) use to complain against the visit to Yasukuni Shrine, then the first thing the CCP should do is to demolish the macabre monument in Beijing with the dead fat guy preserved for eternity, cremate the body and sprinkle the ashes on the food of those who worship the fat guy. I mean, seriously, who committed the worse and more egregious atrocities against Chinese people, Mao or the **** (of WW2 as opposed to "The Japanese people" of today)? By numbers, cruelty, and long term damage done to China, Mao did a lot more harm. But yet, here they are in the same week honoring the 120th birthday of the dead bloated one while the same gonads are calling for "excessive" retaliation against Japan. What the heck is that, "excessive"? Why not just appropriate retaliation for visiting a shrine, whatever that may be. Dunno, send a bunch of Mainland tourists to visit the shrine and **** on their urns (urns, urinals, whatever), throw candy wrappers and orange peels one the grounds. Oh, but they would do that anyway whether to desecrate a shrine or just normally being, you know, Mainland tourists. Just look at Hong Kong not being desacrated. Same same.
mercedes2233
For goodness sake, Japan and Mao are two separate issues. This is about the visit to the Shrine. We can talk about Mao at another forum.
Just because Mao did this and that does not reflect on the validity or otherwise of Japan's atrocities. You are lumping everything together because you can't make a coherent statement outside of your prejudices.
johnh
@mercedes2233
"Japan and Mao are two separate issues"
Not to the tens of millions of Chinese deaths that Mao caused. You can't pick and choose.
mercedes2233
@mbophui
No point in mixing arguments. Let's talk about the Cultural Revolution when that is an issue, OK?
So the Cultural Revolution was wrong. And that justifies what the Japanese soldiers did in China?
Since Genghis Khan invaded Europe in 1200s, so it is OK for European countries to split up China in 1800s?
johnh
@mercedes2233
No one's mixing anything. Celebrating Mao Zedong whilst condemning the Japanese, no greater hypocrisy exists in the world today. Mao Zedong, who even personally thanked the Japanese for their invasion of China since it helped his cause.
mercedes2233
Why are we talking of Mao rather than Abe? Mao has existed, and you are going to bring up him as a excuse for every nation behaving badly? "US has been an aggressor in Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq etc., and killed millions, but never mind, Mao was worse, so the US is forgiven"? "Cambodia had killed millions in the Killing Fields. But it's OK. Mao was worse."? It is OK for Japan to kill and plunder China, since Mao later on did worse"? How is this argument valid? You mean because China had Mao, it can't complain about anything? Germany had Hitler too. So the Germans should forever hate themselves?
Now, let's hear your views on Abe.
Hail the bulest!
Beaker
Not all the issues related to PRC we should condemn the CCP! Any government of China will respond to to this unless they want to be overwhelmed by its own people. The two things are very much separated. The point to this confrontation is both country care too much on their" face" instead of the real interests of both countries and this region's future. Big problem of all Asian countries.
I Gandhi
Beaker
Notwithstanding your obvious dislike for Chinese if Abe gets his way and resurrect a new Imperial Japan, soon your country will be invaded, all your women will become comfort-women and people like yourself will be used for bayonet practice. After that you may find the Chinese more acceptable than the Japanese. On the good side we don't have to see this kind of **** being posted again!
lamlm38
So the JPs should be forgiven because they caused less death than what Mao did.. is that the logic? Mao didnt murder or massacre ppl on purpose!!! Yes, we chinese hate Mao as much but it doesnt make crimes that the JPs committed any less evil.. and the JPs never bother to apologize like Germany did
What if ppl like Angela M of Germany did the same to ppl like Himmler, Hitler etc? hell would break loose my fren!!!!
chaz_hen
China likes to talk tough AND continually receive Japanese aid money. Rising "Superpower", indeed.
mercedes2233
Facts please. Is China receiving 'aid and money' from Japan apart from buying Chinese goods and services? If you can't substantiate this, what does this claim make you?
You want China to also act 'tough' and go to war?
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.
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.
mercedes2233
Scmpbeijing1, Were Japan's actions 'right' then, or are you yourself 'a stooge of Japan'?
lamlm38
I didnt know the Chinese are still receiving aid money from the JPs.. where did u get this info anyway?
caractacus
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?
mercedes2233
'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
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.
mercedes2233
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.
mercedes2233
Agree, agree. However, we are nicer and can't celebrate these deaths, even though they are aggressors and sub-human beings.
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.
Stephan
I wonder why so many Chinese go on holiday to Japan, if they dispite the country....double moral???
mercedes2233
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?
hongkiejj@malaysiaboleh
@chanaa
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.
hongkiejj@malaysiaboleh
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.
liukuei
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!
chanaa
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
viclg
even european org and us condemn this act. grow up and have some common sense
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.
hongkiejj@malaysiaboleh
yes....the war is over and done with...we have move on...most of us in south east asia but
why do japan govt idiots think it is ok or cool to pray or glorify or whatever their respect at YS and constantly remind us what that shrine is all about on a yearly basis ?( I have to assume you know what lies there.)
simple....I find that insulting ... simple as dat and I don't expect someone like you to understand..
oh...btw, that was a lousy example of using july 4th to raise your point and to boycott japan brands. its the gov and not the ppl of japan. two separate issues ..


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.
mercedes2233
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?
hongkiejj@malaysiaboleh
@superdx
are you suggesting that china should just shut up and accept the outcome ?
lui.thw@gmail.com
How about Vietnam war?
lamlm38
the yanks should take better care of her 'dogs'.. this Abe dog is too dangerous to be left alone!!!
XYZ
The U.S. has no problem with Abe.
mercedes2233
Birds of a feather flock together. The US is as aggressive now to other countries as Japan was (think Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan), so of course they understand this need for aggression and look after each other.
daily
Let's watch the riots take place again in China against all those Japanese companies who are operating there............this time, really kick those Japanese guys back to their own country and let Abe take care of them.
mercedes2233
Agree. Bury them all in the Yasakuni Shrine.
 
 
 
 
 

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