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Spokesman: Chinese leaders will not speak with Abe
Chinese leaders will not have any dialogue with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said here Monday.
"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.
Qin made the remarks in response to a question on whether China will allow Abe to visit China or whether Chinese leaders will meet with Abe.
"Abe has made wrong calculations on China-Japan relations and made one mistake after another," Qin said.
Since taking office, Abe has resorted to double-dealing tactics in addressing ties with China. In fact, Abe himself has shut the door on Chinese leaders, said Qin.
"Abe has become more flagrant in his wrong actions," said Qin, adding that despite of China's resolute opposition and solemn representations, Abe insisted on visiting the Yasukuni Shrine which honors war criminals.
He said Abe's visit to the shrine is an attempt to overturn the verdict of the Tokyo trial of the war criminals, whitewash the history of aggression and colonial rule of other countries by Japanese militarism and dismiss the fruits of the world's anti-fascist war and the post-war international order.
"This move consists deliberate trample on human conscience and unscrupulous challenge to truth and justice," Qin said.
Qin said the Class-A war criminals honored in the shrine were those who plotted, started and carried out the aggression. He said these criminals had victims' blood on their hands and were judged by the Far East Martial Court as criminals.
Qin said Abe's shrine visit brazenly abandoned the principles and spirit of the four political documents between China and Japan, intentionally undermined the political foundation of China-Japan relations and erected severe obstacles to bilateral exchanges and cooperation.
Abe's shrine visit is an extreme exposure of the hypocrisy of his claimed willingness of holding dialogue with Chinese leaders and the importance he placed on growing relations with China, said Qin.
Abe's acts go against the will of Chinese and Japanese people and ultimately hurt Japan's interests, Qin said. "Abe is responsible for the grim situation in current bilateral relations."
Qin said he has noticed an increasing number of Japanese people and news organizations have criticised Abe's acts over the past few days.
Stressing there are many Japanese people with a conscience, who love peace and value friendship, Qin said China would like to work with those Japanese to follow the spirit of "taking history as a mirror and facing up to the future" and observe the four political documents between the two countries in a bid to safeguard historical justice and bilateral relations.
Now what Abe has to do is to admit his mistakes to the Chinese government and people and immediately correct them, said the spokesman.
[Source: Xinhua, Beijing, 30Dec13]
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