Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi summons Japanese Ambassador to China Masato Kitera (not in photo), strongly protesting and condemning Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to the war-linked Yasukuni shrine, in Beijing, capital of China, Dec. 26, 2013. (Xinhua/Ding Lin)
China scathing of Abe's Yasukuni visit
BEIJING, Dec. 26 (Xinhua) -- China on Thursday condemned Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to the Yasukuni shrine, saying the gesture is "a major new political obstacle" to already strained relations.
"(We) strongly protest and condemn the Japanese leader's wrongdoing, which has deeply hurt the feelings of Asian war victims." Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said immediately after Abe's Thursday visit to the shrine, where 14 WWII class-A war criminals are honored. Full story