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Harry Potter wizard invoked again as Japan hits back at China

Published on Jan 6, 2014 12:28 PM

TOKYO (AFP) - The diplomatic bickering between Japan and China has descended into name-calling in the British press, with claim and counter-claim by the countries' ambassadors invoking the fictional evil wizard of the Harry Potter series, Lord Voldemort.

In an opinion piece published on the front page of Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper on Monday, Tokyo's envoy to London, Mr Keiichi Hayashi, compared Beijing to the villain of J.K. Rowling's multi-million selling books.

"East Asia is now at a crossroads. There are two paths open to China," Mr Hayashi wrote.

"One is to seek dialogue, and abide by the rule of law. The other is to play the role of Voldemort in the region by letting loose the evil of an arms race and escalation of tensions, although Japan will not escalate the situation from its side," he said.

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