The Statement by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Qin Gang on Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Visit to the Yasukuni Shrine

"China-Eurasia" Council for Political and Strategic Research

On December 26, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan, in total disregard of the strong opposition of the Chinese side, paid a blatant homage to the Yasukuni Shrine where Class-A war criminals of World War II are honored. The Chinese government expresses its strong indignation over the behavior of the Japanese leader which grossly tramples on the sentiment of the Chinese people and other Asian peoples victimized in the war and openly challenges the historical justice and human conscience, and lodges a strong protest and severe condemnation against the Japanese side.

The war of aggression waged by Japanese militarism brought not only untold disasters to the Chinese and other victimized Asian peoples, but also deep sufferings to the Japanese people. The Yasukuni Shrine is a spiritual tool and symbol of Japanese militarism in its war of aggression. To date, 14 Class-A war criminals who committed heinous crimes to theā€¦

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