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Chinese envoy calls on Abe to stop reversing post-war order
China's Ambassador to the US, Cui Tiankai says Abe's visit is a deliberate political act aimed at reversing of the history of World War two. The envoy adds that as a responsible power, the US should take a responsible stand on major issues of principle.
An act irritating neighbors and confusing its ally, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited the Yasukuni Shrine, despite repeated opposition. China's Ambassador to the US says Abe is now turning his back on history, and his act has clear political aims.
"The Yasukuni Shrine honors 14 Class-A convicted war criminals in World War two. Among them, Iwane Matsui was responsible for the 1937 Nanjing Massacre and wartime Prime Minister Hideki Tojo was directly responsible for the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. By paying tribute to convicted war criminals, Abe apparently intends to reverse the historical verdict on World War two and retake the old road of militarism." said Cui Tiankai, Chinese Ambassador to US.
Cui Tiankai says Japan's militarism was a great tragedy for the people of China, the US, and South Korea. The Chinese envoy urges the international community to take a clear stand against Abe's actions.
"We can't allow the post-WWII world order to be questioned or to be overturned. In order to establish that order, tens of millions of lives were sacrificed. We can't allow Japan's 'war of aggression' be repeated." said Cui Tiankai, Chinese Ambassador to US.
The move even disappointed Japan's ally, the United States. Cui is calling on Washington to take a responsible stand on major issues of principle.
"I believe Abe's purpose does not serve the United States' interests, for the US also took part in World War two. America, China and other countries beat the fascist Axis. And the US also sacrificed a lot during that time." said Cui Tiankai, Chinese Ambassador to US.
Abe's visit has sparked protests from countries that suffered terrible atrocities at the hands of Japan. China's Foreign Ministry summoned the Japanese ambassador within hours of the visit. The ministry says Japanese leaders have brutally trampled on the feelings of Chinese and other Asian countries' peoples. South Korea's Culture Minister said that Seoul could not withhold its regret and anger over the visit.
[Source: By CCTV reporter Meng Qingsheng, Xinhua, Beijing, 05Jan14]
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