Abe's shrine visit sends out worrying signal: Chinese envoy
                 English.news.cn | 2014-01-11 10:53:39 | Editor: An

EDINBURGH, Jan. 10 (Xinhua) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to the war-linked Yasukuni Shrine sent out a signal that should worry the world, said a Chinese envoy on a local Scottish newspaper on Friday.

In a signed article published by The Scotsman, Li Ruiyou, Chinese Consul General in Edinburgh, said Abe's visit to the shrine on Dec. 26, 2013 triggered a great deal of anger and condemnation by the peoples and governments of China, South Korea and other Asian countries.

Even Japan's ally, the United States, said it was "disappointed that Japan's leadership has taken an action that will exacerbate tensions with Japan's neighbors," said the article.

"Abe's homage to the shrine has harmed and bullied the feelings of the people of those nations victimized by Japanese aggression in the Second World War," it said, noting that the Yasukuni shrine honors 14 convicted Class-A World War II criminals among Japan's war dead.

The shrine was the spiritual instrument and symbol of Japanese militarism in its war of aggression and colonial rule during the World War II, which inflicted extreme brutalities on Asian nations, including the Nanjing Massacre and many other atrocities. China suffered as many as 35 million casualties and 600 billion U.S. dollars worth of direct and indirect losses, said the article.

By paying homage to such a shrine in his capacity as Japanese prime minister, Abe was "whitewashing the criminals of the war of aggression" and "once again rubs salt into the wound of some Asian nations," it stressed.

Nearly 70 years after the end of the war, Japan has still failed to correctly treat its past aggression and officially apologize to the victimized nations, as late West German Chancellor Willy Brandt did. The people of the victimized countries found it hard not to be indignant at Abe's behavior, it noted.

Abe, who has shown no remorse about Japan's militarist past and made no apologies for it since taking office in 2012, has, instead, done his utmost to beautify Japan's history of militaristic aggression and colonial rule, it said.

Abe's militarist attitude has made the victimized nations worried and outraged about the rising militarism in today's Japan, said the article.

Moreover, Abe has also attempted to amend Japan's post-war pacifist constitution, approving a new five-year defence plan that calls for the acquisition of drones and amphibious assault vehicles to strengthen Japan's military might -- another deviation from its post-war commitment to pacifism, it added.

The article quoted remarks made by German chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert on Abe's visit to the shrine as saying that, "All nations must honestly live up to their role in the horrible events of the 20th century. Only on the basis of this honest accounting is it possible to build a future with former foes. This is a conviction Germany takes to heart and which in my opinion applies to all states."

Abe talks a lot about peace, but his actions apparently have taken the other direction. "Should he really want peace with his neighboring countries, why can't he face up squarely to the history of Japanese aggression and make sincere apologies officially to its victimized nations, as the German chancellor did?" asked the article.

Related:

[Video]Chinese ambassador: militarism is like "Voldemort of Japan"

[Video]U.S. "disappointed" at Japan for exacerbating regional tensions

Abe's war shrine visit mirrors unrepentant view of Japan's wartime aggression: Chinese ambassador

WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 (Xinhua) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's recent homage at a controversial war-linked shrine mirrors the unrepentant view of Japan's wartime aggression and undermines his stated aim to increase Japan's engagement in safeguarding world peace, Chinese Ambassador to the U.S. Cui Tiankai said Thursday.

In an opinion piece published on The Washington Post website, Cui said the dispute over Abe's visit to the Yasukuni Shrine is about more than symbolism because it reveals his real intention for Japan's future and casts doubt upon his willingness to build an atmosphere of trust, respect and equality in East Asia. Full story

Commentary: Abe's dangerous dream of constitutional revision

BEIJING, Jan. 7 (Xinhua) -- Everyone is entitled to a dream. But Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe seems to be having a dangerous one that may drag Japan toward a nationalist dead end and risk jeopardizing regional stability.

In a New Year message, Abe reaffirmed his resolve to revise the country's pacifist constitution written after Japan's defeat in WWII. By revising the war-renouncing constitution, Abe aims to lift the ban on the right to exercise collective self-defense, making it possible for Japan to wage war. Full story

S. Korean FM repeats condemnation of shrine visit in Japan

SEOUL, Jan. 2 (Xinhua) -- South Korea's top diplomat repeated his condemnation of Japanese politicians for their visit to the controversial war shrine, describing the visit as a big stumbling block to peace and cooperation in the region.

"As seen in the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's recent visit to the Yasukuni Shrine, the history-revisionist attitude of Japan's political leadership brought isolation upon itself and served as a big stumbling block to peace and cooperation in Northeast Asia," Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se said in his New Year's message on Thursday. Full story

Abe's shrine visit bombshell of disappointment for Japan, neighbours

BEIJING, Dec. 30 (Xinhua) -- Four days after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to the controversial Yasukuni Shrine, disappointment and condemnation over his reckless move are still mounting.

Singapore on Sunday expressed its regrets over Abe's visit, fearing that his act "is likely to evoke further negative feelings and reactions in the region." Full story

Commentary: Abe's shrine visit a flagrant denial of justice

BEIJING, Dec. 28 (Xinhua) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to the notorious Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo that honors Japan's war dead including convicted war criminals in World War II is but a flagrant denial of the just trials of Japanese warmongers guilty of crimes against humanity.

Abe on Thursday visited the war shrine, which has been seen as a symbol of Japan's past militarism as it enshrines 14 Class-A WWII war criminals. Full story

分享
Abe's war shrine visit mirrors unrepentant view of Japan's wartime aggression: Chinese ambassador
Japan experiencing fallout from Abe's Yasukuni visit
Commentary: Abe's dangerous dream of constitutional revision
China dismisses Abe's intention to explain shrine visit
FM: Abe shut door on dialogue with China
Release of World Air Forces 2013-2014
Release of World Air Forces 2013-2014
PLA's artillery brigade of 16th Group Army hold live-fire drill in cold area
PLA's artillery brigade of 16th Group Army hold live-fire drill in cold area
Fire in China's Shangri-la damages more than 240 houses
Fire in China's Shangri-la damages more than 240 houses
China's Hulunbuir experiences temperature of minus 40 degrees centigrade
China's Hulunbuir experiences temperature of minus 40 degrees centigrade
Snowy weather in India
Snowy weather in India
Best winning photos selected from worldwide photography awards
Best winning photos selected from worldwide photography awards
Palestinian students take part in military exercise
Palestinian students take part in military exercise
1 killed, 4 injured during market fire in NW Pakistan
1 killed, 4 injured during market fire in NW Pakistan
Back to Top Close
010020070750000000000000011106041330366281