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China calls for worldwide ‘warning’ to Japan over war tribute visit

China’s UN envoy Liu Jieyi called upon the global community to issue a warning to Japan over Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to the Yasukuni Shrine

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 09 January, 2014, 9:32am
UPDATED : Thursday, 09 January, 2014, 11:04am
 

China on Wednesday called for a worldwide “warning” to Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe over his visit to a contested war shrine as it took the mounting feud between the two nations to the United Nations.

China’s UN envoy Liu Jieyi said Abe’s visit to the Yasukuni Shrine last week risked taking Japan down “a very dangerous path”.

The international community must make “a warning to the fact that Abe must correct his erroneous outlook of history,” Liu told reporters at the UN headquarters in the latest diplomatic salvo against Japan.

“He [Abe] must correct his mistakes and he must not slip further down the wrong path.”
China’s UN envoy Liu Jieyi

“He must correct his mistakes and he must not slip further down the wrong path,” Liu told reporters.

China has reacted with fury to Abe’s visit last week to Yasukuni which honours 14 war criminals among the country’s war dead. China and Japan also have a bitter dispute over contested islands in the East China Sea.

Liu said Yasukuni “whitewashes and glorifies aggression and trumpets a militarist outlook of history.

“It is the incarnation of militarism of Japan and also a spiritual tool to wage wars of aggression against other countries,” he added.

Liu indicated that Abe’s gesture could be a breach of the UN Charter.

“It is the duty of the international community to safeguard, by working together, the principles and purposes of the charter and to avoid any recurrence or any erroneous attitude that might take a country down a very dangerous path,” China’s envoy said.

Abe said last week the goal of his visit was “to pledge and determine that never again will people suffer in war.” The shrine is widely seen, however, as a reminder of Japan’s 20th-century aggression against China and other Asian nations.

 

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Jonathan Smith
Japanese fascists didn't learn the lessons from the two atomic bombings in 1945. If any lesson they learned is that they lost because they did not have superior weapons! Shinzo Abe and the LDP don't give a **** about world opinion or for the matter the opinion of ordinary Japanese. These people were only too happy to sacrifice 1/4 of Okinawans during the Battle of Okinawa in 1945. The only way to deal with these fascists is to let them join their ancestors at the Yasukuni War Shrine.
M Miyagi
Shinzo Abe is nuttier!
andreaswagner
China should stop meddling in other countries internal affairs.
Hollander323
As a nation, Japan has denied the exploitation of women in the occupied countries as comfort woman, it denied the existence of Nanjing massacre and many other atrocities in WW2. Last year during the Atomic Bomb Memorial Day at Hiroshima, its mayor had asked for apology from the American for dropping the atomic bomb on them which ended the war and saved millions of human lives of the world among them also Japanese. Japanese PM is now paying more and more visits to Yasukuni Shrine. Let us think along this line, it would not be difficult for us to figure out what the Japanese would do next. What's next is obviously More and more denials of the atrocities they have done to people of the world during WW2.
M Miyagi
Japanese rightists and fascists thank you and your kind, our comfort-woman offspring for support Japan against China. Go slave go!
Max Diethelm
Unfortunate for the world Japan didn't totally destroy your country in WW2.
johnsonwkchoi
[美國導演奧利弗·斯通表示,安倍不值得信任 這部影片被禁止在日本 American director Oliver Stone said Abe cannot be trusted - This video is banned in Japan] U.S. film director Oliver Stone Hiroshima speech - American director Oliver Stone in the "Atomic Bomb Memorial Day" on the occasion of visit Hiroshima and gave a speech, compared to Germany and Japan after World War II as, fiery criticism of Japan's political situation and government leaders to reflect on the United States, Japan and China relations , by the case of the Diaoyu Islands, China, the U.S. analysis of the status quo, that the United States intended to return to Asia by Japan to contain China, but most Japanese media without making detailed report. ****www.youtube.com/watch?v=7a8LJbV48Pc
M Miyagi
UN is controlled by the West. Stating the obvious.
Max Diethelm
charlie212
You never pollute? What about the moon and mars. What have that go to do with the territorial disputes with China. If your country can go to the moon and mars, what's stopping you. Waiting for the Chinese to do something your country cannot?
agnostic
In fact there should be a "worldwide warning" to China to stop trying to take over territory that does not belong to it. China has been trying to rob territory belonging to Japan, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Taiwan, India & others. China should be warned to either stop this immediately or stringent sanctions would be applied. China is far more dependent on the rest of the world than the other way around.

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