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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Remarks on the Visit to the Yasukuni Shrine by Japan's Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications Yoshitaka Shindo

2014/04/12

Q: Japan's Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications Yoshitaka Shindo visited the Yasukuni Shrine today. What is China's comment?

A: The visit by the Japanese Cabinet member to the Yasukuni Shrine, a place where Class-A WWII criminals are honored, exposes once again the current Japanese Cabinet's wrong attitude towards history. The Chinese side has lodged solemn representations and protests with the Japanese side.

An important political basis for China-Japan relations to rebuild and develop after WWII is that Japan should earnestly face up to and reflect upon its history of aggression, and make a clean break with militarism. We urge the Japanese side to fix its attitude on issues of history, take seriously the call for justice from its Asian neighbors and the international community, and stop taking any provocative action that runs counter to the trend of the times.

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