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/ China/ WorldChinas ambassador to US blasts Japans AbeUpdated: 2014-01-05 08:20By Chen Weihua in Washington ( China Daily)Comments Print Mail Large Medium  SmallChinese Ambassador to the United States Cui Tiankai had harsh words for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, whose recent visit to the controversial Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo sparked fresh outrage among neighboring countries.Cui said he does not personally hold any hope for Abe, and the Japanese leader should be held responsible for damaging relations between China and Japan.Abe visited Yasukuni on Dec 26, the first anniversary of his second-term premiership. The shrine honors Japans war dead, including 14 Class-A World War II war criminals.”It is not a separate or random incident but has a deep background,” Cui told journalists at the Chinese embassy in Washington DC on Friday afternoon.Cui believes what Abe has done cannot be explained as a personal action but rather as one of a prime minister and national leader.”This is a political action with clear political purpose,” said Cui, who was Chinas vice-foreign minister before assuming his current post in April 2013.Cui said Abe should have been fully aware of the negative impact of the Yasukuni issue on Japans relations with its neighbors.Abe became the first sitting Japanese prime minister in seven years to visit Yasukuni. The previous visit was made by then prime minister Junichiro Koizumi, when Abe served as chief cabinet secretary.”Why did he choose to pay homage to the Yasukuni shrine after seven years? This utterly reflects his view on history, his political stance and his policy direction,” said Cui, who had served as Chinas ambassador to Japan from 2007 to 2010.”This issue, ultimately, is about whether the hard-won achievements of the worlds antifascist war still count, and whether the post-war international order should be protected and whether Japan under Abe can continue on a path of peaceful development,” Cui said.The war criminals honored at the Yasukuni include Iwane Matsui – a Japanese Imperial Army general who ordered the massacre of 300,000 Chinese civilians and unarmed soldiers in Nanjing from late 1937 to early 1938 – and Hideki Tojo – the then Japanese prime minister who was responsible for the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, which drew the US into WWII.Cui said Abes homage to these war criminals shows he wants to follow in their footsteps and reverse historys verdict.”Fundamentally, he wants to go back to the militarist path,” he said.”So this is a matter of principle and absolutely not a personal or random action.”While China and South Korea have expressed outrage at Abes visit, the US government has also expressed its disappointment. Some mainstream US and European media published editorials denouncing Abe.In an editorial on Dec 28, the Washington Post described Abes visit as a “provocative act”.Cui said: “The international community should have a clear view on this … and we should not allow Abe to lead Japan in the wrong direction.”Both Chinese and South Korean leaders have refused to meet Abe in recent years. Throughout his career, the right-wing Japanese leader has pushed for the revision of textbooks to whitewash Japans WWII history; denied that government coercion was involved when “comfort women” from South Korea, China and the Philippines were forced into prostitution by the Japanese empire; and questioned whether Japans wartime actions should be defined as “aggression”.In the past year, Abe has also advocated revisions to Japans pacifist constitution – a message he reiterated in his New Years message last week. Article 9 of the Japanese constitution forbids the use of war to settle international disputes.Cui believes most Japanese people, who are peace-loving and want to live in peace with neighboring countries, will not support Abes actions.A telephone survey by Kyodo News a week ago found 70 percent of respondents want Abe to heed the diplomatic fallout following his shrine visit.”If Abes policy leads Japan in a wrong direction and history repeats itself, it will be the Japanese people who will become victims,” Cui said.”So I think Japanese people can see through his deception.”chenweihua@chinadailyusa.com8.03KPhotoThe first meteor shower in 2014Yuan Zai,Taiwan-born panda,charms mediaMacao fights crime with science and techGraduate school entrance exam begins The duck returns in TaiwanMoving to the cool musicA day for everlasting loveAbandoned babies find shelter in Nanjing More China NewsUS ambassador blasts AbeSuspect arrested in consulate arsonChina to launch safety overhaulCulture that countsCFDA and WHO say hepatitis B vaccine safeMass line campaign benefits poverty-hit familiesMore World News14 killed in building collapse in W IndiaKerry says progress in Mideast diplomacyTrapped Chinese icebreaker likely free MondayKerry meets Abbas pushing ahead framework dealSouth Sudan talks start slowlyKims speech draws skepticismMost ViewedTodays Top NewsExtradition deal with US key to nabbing fugitivesLi urges greater effort on reformsChina, Japan need constructive ideasGovt requested to plant GM cropsSession to discuss economic issuesBan on Chinese researchers clarifiedChina may expand property tax trials…Editors PicksTesting timeThe first meteor shower in 2014 Kerry pushes for signing peace agreement14 killed in building collapse in W India Crazy jump day in MacaoLi Na defends Shenzhen Open titleHot Topicsmoon rover  air defense identification zone  CPC and reform  China and Japan  air pollution  Cameron in ChinaSpecial CoverageChinas lunar probe missionIn memory of Mandela Lis Euro-Asia trip to boost co-opKey CPC meeting to deepen reformVideoSlidePodcastPicturesTHE WEEK Jan 3: New year, New YorkResponding to Typhoon HaiyanThe first meteor shower in 2014In photos: Noreaster snowstorm hits US
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