ISLAMABAD, Dec. 27 (Xinhua) -- Pakistan on Friday showed a cautious reaction to the controversial visit by Japanese Prime Minister to Yasukuni shrine despite strong opposition from neighboring countries.
Responding to a question regarding the visit by the Japanese Prime Minister to Yasukuni, the Pakistan Foreign Ministry stated that countries should refrain from actions that hurt the sentiments of other countries in the region and evoke reactions that could jeopardize regional harmony.
"It is our hope that issues of the past that create tensions would not be resurrected and spirit of cooperation will prevail," the Foreign Ministry Spokesperson said in a statement.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited the war-linked Yasukuni shrine on Thursday. It was the first time in seven years that a sitting Japanese prime minister visited the notorious shrine. Former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi paid a visit in August 2006.
The visit by Abe triggered strong opposition from neighboring countries, such as China and South Korea, who suffered a lot from Japan's brutal aggression against the two countries during the World War II.
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WASHINGTON, Dec. 26 (Xinhua) -- Major U.S. newspapers on Thursday published articles saying Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to the controversial Yasukuni Shrine spurs new tension in Asia and further aggravates Japan's ties with China and the Republic of Korea.
Abe's "surprise" and "provocative" visit to the shrine that honors convicted Class A war criminals from World War II also triggered a rare show of disapproval by Washington, causing fresh concerns for the Obama administration, said the newspaper articles. Full story
China scathes 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.
"China will not tolerate," said Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi while summoning Japanese Ambassador to China, Kitera Masato, after Abe's Thursday visit to the shrine, where 14 WWII class-A war criminals are honored. Full story
China Voice: Abe's Yasukuni Shrine visit a dangerous step
BEIJING, Dec. 26 (Xinhua) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to the WWII Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo on Thursday, is a dangerous step toward militarism and will lead to further deterioration of China-Japan relations, and regional stability.
The move denies history, hurts the peoples again who were invaded by Japan, and shows the continuous rise of Japan's right wing. Full story
Japanese PM Abe visits notorious Yasukuni shrine despite opposition
TOKYO, Dec. 26 (Xinhua) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited the war-linked Yasukuni shrine on Thursday despite strong opposition from neighboring countries.
It is the first time in seven years that a sitting Japanese prime minister visited the notorious shrine. Former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi paid a visit in August 2006. Full story
Abe's shrine visit grave provocation, fuels regional tension
BEIJING, Dec. 26 (Xinhua) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to the Yasukuni shrine on Thursday is a grave provocation that may lead to heightened tension in the region.
The visit came at the first anniversary of Abe's taking office as prime minister. It is also the first visit by a sitting Japanese prime minister since Abe's predecessor Junichiro Koizumi visited the shrine in 2006. Full story