China to formally protest over Japan PM's Yasukuni visit: Ministry

A Shinto priest (right) leads Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (second from left) as he visits the controversial Yasukuni war shrine in Tokyo on Thursday, Dec 26, 2013, in a move Beijing condemned as "absolutely unacceptable". China said on Th
A Shinto priest (right) leads Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (second from left) as he visits the controversial Yasukuni war shrine in Tokyo on Thursday, Dec 26, 2013, in a move Beijing condemned as "absolutely unacceptable". China said on Thursday it would lodge a formal protest to Tokyo over Mr Abe's visit to the Yasukuni shrine. -- PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING (AFP) - China said on Thursday it would lodge a formal protest to Tokyo over Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to the Yasukuni shrine.

Key foreign ministry officials as well as the Chinese ambassador to Japan would make "solemn representations" to the Japanese ambassador and Tokyo's foreign ministry, China's foreign ministry said on its website.