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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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charlie212
a worldwide warning for china to stop polluting planet earth !!!!! and stop claiming every place they go to as their territory - won't be long before the moon is declared china and next stop mars !
M Miyagi
Stop polluting is good. Starting with yourself. Japan will get to the Moon and Mars before China. Our kamikaze are the bravest. Don't worry Japanese will pollute your country before the Chinese get their chance.
Max Diethelm
agnostic
Are you saying that if Japan robs territory belonging to China, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Taiwan, India & others like during WW2 you will be very happy?
lexishk
Once again, the main impression given is that of a hysterical overreaction by China. Another PR triumph for the middle kingdom.
M Miyagi
PR triumph for who? Japan doesn't need China's help to destroy itself. You like Japan? Go live in Fukushima!
Remitting Prosperity
No one should deny that Japan behaved appallingly during the Second World War, but to say that they are now on the warpath and about to invade China again is ludicrous.
I don't know why the Chinese are doing this. Is it to mobilise their population? I think they will find out very quickly just how many friends they have, ie not that many. The war ended nearly 70 years ago, everyone else has moved on.
I think this may be a rather subtle piece of American pressure in response to Chinese IP theft and cyber espionage on an industrial scale. Obama said there would be consequences, well, here they are.
ejmciii
Then again, who listens to Oliver Stone? He has shown himself to be a bit of a nut.
ejmciii
How dare you challenge the Masters in Beijing. Heresy. China, trying to steal other nations' territories? Poppycock. Everyone knows that all of those islands and nations were part of China since the heavens appointed China as the Middle Kingdom, imbued with the power and wisdom to rule all others. To suggest otherwise is not harmonious and counter-revolutionary.
Max Diethelm
Did China meddle with your country too? You like praying to devils like Mr Abe?
hongkiejj@malaysiaboleh
the bigger the coverage in western media and at international forum to condemn abe adamant over historical deny issues and ys must be spilled over as much as possible to make a significant impact on correcting japan wrong perspective.
simple...the more the merrier and if japan goes ballistic worldwide to press their innocence...much better.
the truth is abe and co has no legs to stand on these issues and whatever they want to blah blah blah is nothing short of a pathetic platform.

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