China slams ‘troublemaker’ Japan after Africa visit
ADDIS ABABA (AFP) - China launched a scathing diplomatic attack against Japan on Wednesday, warning African nations of an impending “resurrection of Japanese militarism” and branding Prime Minister Shinzo Abe a “troublemaker”.
In a press conference held the day after Abe wrapped up a landmark African tour aimed at boosting Japan’s presence in the continent, China’s ambassador to the African Union accused him of trying to undermine Beijing’s own diplomatic reach.
“Abe has become the biggest troublemaker in Asia,” Xie Xiaoyan, who is also China’s ambassador to Ethiopia, told reporters.
“He has worked hard to portray China as a threat, aiming to sow discord, raising regional tensions and so creating a convenient excuse for the resurrection of Japanese militarism,” the ambassador said at the news conference, during which he showed photographs of tortured and dead Chinese victims of World War II.