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China, Japan spar at UN over Abe shrine visit

Published on Jan 30, 2014 8:04 AM

UNITED NATIONS, United States (AFP) - China and Japan accused each other of threatening stability on Wednesday as a diplomatic battle over Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to a contested war shrine reached the United Nations Security Council.

China's United Nations (UN) ambassador, Liu Jieyi, seized upon a debate on the lessons of conflict to slam Mr Abe for going to the Yasukuni Shrine, which honours war criminals among the country's war dead.

Attempts to change history "destabilise regional peace and pose a serious challenge to the peaceful course of mankind", Mr Liu said.

South Korea also condemned Mr Abe's Dec 26 visit to the shrine that honours 2.5 million war dead, including 14 war criminals from World War II.

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