China calls on Japan to face past after war shrine offering

BEIJING Mon Apr 22, 2013 3:41am EDT

Japan's Finance Minister Taro Aso (2nd R) bows as he visits the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, in this photo provided by Kyodo April 21, 2013. REUTERS/Kyodo

Japan's Finance Minister Taro Aso (2nd R) bows as he visits the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, in this photo provided by Kyodo April 21, 2013.

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BEIJING (Reuters) - China said on Monday that Japan must face up to history and respect the feelings of those who were victims of wartime aggression, after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made an offering to a shrine seen as a symbol of Japan's former militarism.

Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying made the comments at a regular news briefing.

Sino-Japanese relations deteriorated sharply in September after Japan bought islets in the East China Sea claimed by Beijing, sparking anti-Japanese protests across China.

Ties have been overshadowed for years by what Beijing says has been Tokyo's refusal to admit to wartime atrocities committed by Japanese soldiers in the country between 1931 and 1945.

(Reporting by Megha Rajagopalan, Writing by Sui-Lee Wee)

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Comments (5)
Free_Pacific wrote:
China can not even face up to it’s current aggressions. Most of us ‘victims’ of Japan, have since moved on. Thousands of trials were held, even by China. China was not the only country to suffer and be liberated by the allies.

It’s time China stopped using it’s nationalism as a mask and learnt from our (collective) past, rather than wrapping it around itself like some sort of cloak, to cover for it’s current belligerence and expansion. It is 2013, not 1945.

Apr 22, 2013 4:16am EDT  --  Report as abuse
sensi wrote:
@ Free_Pacific

Care to remind us who can’t keep themselves from paying tribute to nauseous war criminals from the 45s? Yep Japan and its elected officials, its nationalist and revisionist school books, etc, another regional bully which since becoming a client state is bolstered to act like a spoiled and offensive brat thanks to crass and pavlovian USA support… Bizarrely you have nothing to tell us about that long standing disgrace and appalling behavior? Would you find appropriate to see Merkel honoring nazi war criminals? I doubt so…

Apr 22, 2013 6:37am EDT  --  Report as abuse
mojjo25 wrote:
Yes Jap and Germany should apologize every living day for the past… and never every lift the head in pride ever..
Just like Chinese did after the invaded Tibet…
World has lot to learn from china, after attacking and invading countries like Hitler did starting with Czechoslovakia and poland…

Apr 22, 2013 7:39am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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