Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a ritual offering to Tokyo`s controversial Yasukuni Shrine on Friday, a move that might complicate his push for a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping to improve frayed ties between the world`s second- and third-biggest economies.
China is "firmly opposed" to the Japanese government`s "wrongful attitude towards historical issues", the foreign ministry said on Friday after two cabinet ministers visited a controversial war shrine and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made an "offering".
Remarks by aides to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe about U.S.-Japan ties and the wartime past are giving the Japanese leader a political headache as he seeks to soothe strains with key ally Washington amid rising regional tensions.
Pakistan Friday was cautious in reaction to the Japanese Prime Minister`s controversial visit to the World War II related Yasukuni shrine, which drew strong opposition from neighbouring countries, a foreign ministry statement showed.
Chinese newspapers blasted Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday, describing his visit to Yasukuni Shrine as "paying homage to devils" and warning that China has the ability to crush "provocative militarism".
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit Tokyo`s Yasukuni Shrine for war dead on Thursday, a spokesman for the prime minister`s office said, in a move likely to anger Asian neighbour China and South Korea.