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China angrily denounces Japan for Russia-Crimea analogy

Published on Mar 28, 2014 5:23 PM

BEIJING (REUTERS) - China criticised Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday for drawing an analogy between Russia's behaviour in Crimea and China's actions in the disputed East and South China Seas, accusing Mr Abe of hypocrisy.

Japan's Kyodo news agency said Mr Abe raised the issue at a G7 meeting in The Hague this month, warning that China was trying to change the status quo through coercion, and said something similar to Russia's seizing of Crimea could happen in Asia.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said those comments were completely out of place, and launched a personal attack on Mr Abe himself, using unusually strong language.

"We've long since said that this Japanese leader on the one hand hypocritically proposes improving Sino-Japan ties and on the other says bad things about China wherever he is internationally. These comments again expose his true face," Mr Hong told a daily news briefing.

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