China to take Japanese leader on: FM-Eastday

BEIJING, Jan. 9 — China will take on Japanese leader Shinzo Abetill the very
end if he persists in visiting the war-linked Yasukuni Shrine, Foreign Ministry
spokeswoman Hua Chunying said on Thursday.

China has stated repeatedly its stance on Abe’s visit to the shrine, which
honors Japan’s war dead including 14 convicted Class-A war criminals from WWII,
Hua told a daily press briefing.

The move whitewashes Japanese aggression and colonial rule, overthrows the
international community’s trial of Japanese militarism and challenges the
post-war international order, the spokeswoman said.

It is Abe himself who shuts the door on dialogue with Chinese leaders, said
Hua, adding that his statements show that he does not have any intention to
better ties with neighboring countries including China.

Abe said in a television program on Wednesday that he will continue to carry
on with the responsibility of being prime minister even if his shrine visit was
criticized, according to a report of Japan’s Jiji Press.

Abe’s remark indicated that he plans to continue to visit the shrine, said
the report.

It is the Japanese leader’s responsibility to face up to history and reflect
upon and correct his mistake, said Hua.

“If he persists in his wrong course, and adheres to a road of confrontation
and provocation, we will definitely take him on till the very end,” she

In response to a report that Japan confirmed China canceled three delegations
originally planned to visit Japan this month, Hua said Abe’s shrine visit has
apparently had a negative impact on China-Japan ties.

“It is Japan which should take all the responsibility,” she said, urging its
leader to change course.

When asked to comment on Japan’s recent move to register 280 remote islands
as national assets, Hua said China will keep a close eye on the issue.

Japan’s move on maritime issues should accord with international laws and not
impair the interests of other countries and the international community, said

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