- Title: China lodges stern representation to Japan for Abe's offering to Yasukuni shrine
- Date: 17th October 2019
- Summary: BEIJING, CHINA (OCTOBER 17, 2019) (REUTERS) CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESMAN GENG SHUANG ARRIVING FOR REGULAR NEWS CONFERENCE JOURNALISTS SITTING (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESMAN, GENG SHUANG, SAYING: "(China) has lodged a stern representation to Japan. I want to emphasize that Yasukuni shrine is the spiritual tool and symbol of Japanese militarism in launching a war of foreign aggression." MEDIA SITTING (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESMAN, GENG SHUANG, SAYING: "We urge the Japanese side to earnestly abide by the statement (they made) and commitment on the history of aggression, to take practical action to win the trust of Asian neighbours and the international community." NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS EXTERIOR OF FOREIGN MINISTRY BUILDING CHINESE FLAG FLYING
- Embargoed: 31st October 2019 10:13
- Keywords: China Abe Japan Yasukuni shrine Second world war
- Location: BEIJING, CHINA
- City: BEIJING, CHINA
- Country: China
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA001B1HHCUF
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: China's Foreign Ministry said on Thursday (October 17) that China has lodged a stern representation to Japan over Abe's offering to the Yasukuni Shrine that honours 14 Japanese wartime leaders convicted as war criminals.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent an offering to Tokyo's controversial Yasukuni Shrine for the war dead on Thursday (October 17), prompting neighbouring countries such as China and South Korea to call on Japan to reflect on its wartime actions.
Abe sent a "masakaki" ceremonial evergreen branch to the shrine for the autumn festival that runs until Sunday, a spokeswoman at Yasukuni said.
China's relations with Japan have also long been haunted by what Beijing sees as Tokyo's failure to atone for its occupation of parts of China before and during World War Two.
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