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Chinese Ambassador blasts Abe for Yasukuni visit
DECEMBER 31, 2013 05:49  
Chinese Ambassador to Japan Cheng Yonghua strongly blasted Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for the latter뭩 visit to the Yasukuni Shrine through a newspaper op-ed piece.

In his op-ed piece published in the Mainichi Shimbun on Monday, Cheong said, 밣rime Minister Abe made a pledge not to engage in war at the Yasukuni Shrine, but the venue was wrong. Conscientious people around the world have strong antipathy to and suspicion about it.

Cheong said, 밫he Yasukuni Shrine was the mental anchor for Japan뭩 aggression into foreign countries, and currently holds ancestral rites for Class-A war criminals, and is spreading a historical view that is incompatible with international opinion. The best example is Yushukan within the shrine. Yushukan is Japan뭩 first war memorial, and regards Japan뭩 aggression into Asian countries as a 뱈ovement to liberalize Asia.

Ambassador Cheng said, 밯e have no objection to ordinary citizens paying respect to their late relatives (at the shrine), but Japanese leaders visit cannot be tolerated because it is related with how (Tokyo) is recognizing the characteristic of and responsibility for its war of aggression.

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