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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Qin Gang's Remarks on Japanese Cabinet Ministers' Visit to the Yasukuni Shrine

2012/08/15

Q: It is reported that Japanese Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Yuichiro Hata and National Public Safety Commission Chairman Jin Matsubara paid homage to the Yasukuni Shrine today. How does China comment?

A: The issue of the Yasukuni Shrine is about whether Japan can correctly understand and deal with its history of militarist aggression and whether it can respect the feelings of people in China and other victimized countries in Asia. The initiative lies in the hands of Japan itself about whether it can truly take history as a guide, draw a lesson from it and embrace the future together with other peoples in Asia. We hope Japan can truly honor its commitment of facing squarely and rethinking its history of invasion, and take concrete actions to maintain the larger interests of China-Japan relations.

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