Qin Gang, spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry, said that PM Abe’s act of visiting the shrine has deeply hurt the ties between their countries and has completely shut the door for any dialogue between the leaders to be possible. “Abe’s hypocrisy in his claims of prioritizing relations with China and hopes for dialogue with the Chinese leaders has been fully revealed,” said Qin. He further stated that, “the Chinese people do not welcome him. Now, Abe needs to admit his mistakes to the government and people of China, cut loose from the past and make a new start.”
Japanese leaders’ visits to the controversial shrine have long caused bitterness and strain to relations with both China and Korea as the shrines commemorates wartime dead, including class A war criminals from the Second World War, where both countries have been victims of Japanese oppression. South Korean President Park Geun-hye also said that, “I hope there won’t be any act of breaking down country-to-country relations…by digging up the wounds of the past.” The visit by PM Abe was the first of an incumbent since former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi in 2006.
[via Fox News]