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The tension between China and Japan has increased constantly for several months. After last week's Chinese official protest against Japan's military developments, China has condemned the visits of Japanese cabinet members to the "controversial" Yasukuni Shrine on August 15.
China's Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin summoned Japanese ambassador to China Masato Kitera and lodged representations over the issue, said an official statement. According to China, the fact that the Yasukuni Shrine honors "Class-A war criminals" is an "open challenge to historical justice and human conscience." Urging Japan to "face the future by looking in the mirror of history," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei warned that without "concrete actions" on behalf of Japan "the relations between Japan and its Asian neighbors would have no future."
During the 68th Memorial Ceremony for the War Dead, observers noticed that, unlike his predecessors, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made no mention of "regret" for Japan's actions during World War II, an oversight or a voluntary move which added to the diplomatic tension with China. "Since the end of World War II, Japan has single-mindedly done its very best to follow a path of peace, placing value on freedom and democracy," said Mr. Abe.
From the viewpoint of China and the ROK, Mr. Abe's words have been unconvincing. In June, the government of South Korea (ROK) told the UN Human Rights Council its "grave concern" over Japan's historical perception.
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