BEIJING, Dec. 31 (Xinhua) -- Both China and the Republic of Korea (ROK) insist that Japan should face up to and reflect on history, said a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman.
"China and ROK are strategic partners of cooperation. The two countries are keeping close communication and consultation on issues of common concern," said Foreign Minister spokeswoman Hua Chunying in response to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to the Yasukuni Shrine, at a regular press briefing.
She said the two countries had similar experiences of Japan's history and both felt indignation at Abe's Shrine visit. Only if Japan has a correct conception of the history, can it develop a future-oriented relationship with its neighbors.
Abe's visit to the Yasukuni Shrine, where 14 WWII Class-A war criminals are honored, on Dec. 26, is the first by a serving Japanese prime minister since 2006.
Former Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's annual visits to the shrine during his tenure from 2001 to 2006 were a major factor that affected the ties between Japan and its Asian neighbors.
ROK President Park Geun-hye on Monday criticized Japan for "digging into wounds of the past." Should a country repeat acts that do not match universal values and standards of the international community, it can never be assessed as a first-class nation, no matter how affluent it is, Park said, according to the Yonhap News Agency.
"We have noticed President Park's remarks," said Hua, adding China will keep communication with ROK, and jointly maintain the historical justice and peace and stability of the region.
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"In regard to such a Japanese leader, the Chinese people will certainly not welcome him, and the Chinese leaders will unquestionably not speak with him either," Qin said at a regular press briefing. Full story
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Singapore regrets Abe's visit to Yasukuni shrine
SINGAPORE, Dec. 29 (Xinhua) -- Singapore regrets the visit by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to the Yasukuni shrine, the city-state's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Sunday.
"Our consistent position has been that such visits reopen old grievances, and are unhelpful to building trust and confidence in the region," a foreign ministry spokesman said in a statement.Full story
U.S. newspapers warn against Abe's visit to war shrine
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China says Abe must repent shrine visit
BEIJING, Dec. 28 (Xinhua) -- Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi on Saturday declared that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to the Yasukuni shrine was a mistake that must be corrected.
"The Chinese people cannot be insulted, nor can people of Asia and the world be humiliated. Abe must own up to the wrongdoing, correct the mistake and take concrete measures to remove its egregious effects," said Yang in the statement. Full story