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China must retaliate for Japan PM's shrine visit: State media

Published on Dec 27, 2013 10:56 AM
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A Shinto priest (right) leading Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (centre) as he visits the controversial Yasukuni war shrine in Tokyo on Dec 26, 2013. China must take "excessive" counter-measures after Mr Abe's controversial war shrine visit, state-run media urged on Friday, reflecting the smouldering resentment among Chinese at its onetime invader. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING (AFP) - China must take "excessive" counter-measures after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's controversial war shrine visit, state-run media urged on Friday, reflecting the smouldering resentment among Chinese at its onetime invader.

China expressed strong opposition and summoned Tokyo's ambassador on Thursday to deliver a "strong reprimand" after Abe paid respects at the Yasukuni shrine.

The site honours several high-level officials executed for war crimes after World War II, a reminder of Japan's 20th century aggression and a source of bitterness for China and other Asian countries.

"People are getting tired of such futile 'strong condemnations'," said an editorial in the Global Times, a paper that is close to the ruling Communist Party and often strike a nationalist tone.

 
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