China’s state-run media called for extreme counter-measures in retaliation to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to the controversial Yasukuni war memorial on Thursday, showing its indignation towards its World War II aggressors. Summoning Tokyo’s ambassador, China was quick to rebuke and reprimand the Prime Minister’s act.
While the shrine honors all Japanese wartime dead, it also includes several Class A war criminals from the Second World War, a constant reminder and source of bitterness to neighboring China and other Asian countries who were victims of Japanese imperialism.
Found in an editorial in the Beijing mouthpiece Global Times, calls for concrete actions by the government against Japan have been given, stating that, “People are getting tired of such futile ‘strong condemnations’ and China needs to take appropriate, even slightly excessive countermeasures or else “be seen as a paper tiger.’” Other suggestions including prohibiting high-level Japanese officials and politicians to enter China for five years if found to have visited the shrine.
Called “an intolerable insult” by the China Daily, Abe’s visit is the first by a current prime minister since 2006, and has only added to the increasing tensions between the two countries. The newspaper further concluded that Abe’s act has undeniably, “slammed the door to dialogue shut,” saying that, “Abe knew it would be an insult. But he does not care.”
[via South China Morning Post]