China: Japan Prime Minister ‘Shut The Door’ On Talks With War Shrine Visit

Source: – Monday, December 30, 2013
BEIJING (Reuters) - China said on Monday that its leaders will not meet Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abeafter his visit to a shrine seen by critics as a symbol of Tokyo's wartime aggression, underscoring the deteriorating ties between Asia's two biggest economies. Abe had repeated his hopes for talks with Beijing last week, when he visited the Yasukuni shrine where Japanese leaders convicted as war criminals by an Allied tribunal after World War Two are honored along with those who died in battle. The visit infuriated  China  and South Korea, both of which were occupied by Japanese forces until the end of the war, and prompted concern from the United States about rising tensions between the North Asian neighbors. Abe said then that relations with  China  and South Korea were important and he hoped "for an opportunity to explain to  China  and South Korea that strengthening ties would be in the national interest". Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said at a daily news briefing that "Abe has himself shut the door on talks with Chinese leaders". "Since assuming office, Abe has miscalculated on Sino-Japan ties, and made mistake after mistake, especially visiting the Yasukuni Shrine which houses 'Class A' war criminals. These people are fascists, the Nazis of Asia," he said. "Of course the Chinese people don't welcome such a Japanese leader, and Chinese leaders will not meet him." Qin called on Abe to "admit his mistakes t

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