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China memorial to Korean assassin sparks Japan feud

Published on Jan 20, 2014 1:01 PM

BEIJING (AFP) - A new Asian diplomatic row broke out on Monday after China unveiled a memorial to a Korean national hero who assassinated a former Japan premier a century ago - with Tokyo condemning him as a "terrorist".

In 1909, Ahn Jung-Geun shot and killed Hirobumi Ito, Japan's first prime minister and its top official in Japanese-occupied Korea, at the railway station in the northeast Chinese city of Harbin.

Ahn was hanged by Japanese forces the following year, when Korea also formally became a Japanese colony, heralding a brutal occupation that lasted until the end of World War II in 1945.

A joint Chinese-South Korean memorial hall in Ahn's honour was unveiled at the train station on Sunday.

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