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China steps up attacks on Japan PM Abe

Published on Jan 30, 2014 5:15 AM

UNITED NATIONS (AFP) - China returned to the offensive Wednesday over Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to a contested war shrine warning the UN Security Council that such acts threaten peace.

China's UN ambassador Liu Jieyi seized upon a council debate on the lessons of conflict to slam Abe for going to the Yasukuni shrine which honors war criminals among the country's war dead.

Attempts to change history "destabilize regional peace and pose a serious challenge to the peaceful course of mankind," Mr Liu said as he embarked on the new diplomatic assault.

Mr Abe "paid hommage to those who launched a war of aggression and were up their elbows in the blood of the people in the countries they invaded," said the Chinese envoy.

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