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'Strong dissatisfaction' over Japan ministers' Yasukuni visits: China

China`s foreign ministry on Saturday voiced "strong dissatisfaction" over a visit by a trio of Japanese cabinet ministers to Tokyo`s controversial Yasukuni shrine.


'Strong dissatisfaction' over Japan ministers' Yasukuni visits: China

Beijing: China`s foreign ministry on Saturday voiced "strong dissatisfaction" over a visit by a trio of Japanese cabinet ministers to Tokyo`s controversial Yasukuni shrine.

"Some Japanese politicians chose this day to visit the shrine, which honours `Class A` war criminals and glorifies the aggressive war," the ministry said in a statement.

"It demonstrates again Japan`s erroneous attitudes toward the historical issues," it added. "China lodges its resolute opposition and strong dissatisfaction."

The visits -- on the anniversary of Japan`s WWII surrender -- came a day after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe issued a new statement on World War II, which China and South Korea said did not amount to a proper apology for Tokyo`s past aggression.

Visits by Japanese politicians to Yasukuni enrage neighbouring nations, which view them as an insult and painful reminder of now-pacifist Japan`s history.

The shrine is dedicated to millions of Japanese who died in conflicts -- but also includes more than a dozen war criminals` names on its honour list and a museum that portrays Japan as a victim of US aggression.

It makes scant reference to the brutality of invading Imperial troops when they stormed across Asia -- especially China and Korea -- in the 20th century.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will not visit the leafy Yasukuni shrine on Saturday and sent a ritual offering instead, local media reported.

His late 2013 visit drew an angry response from Beijing and Seoul, as well as a rebuke from close ally Washington.

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