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China (And Korea) Blast Abe’s “Absolutely Unacceptable” Visit To War Shrine | Zero Hedge

China (And Korea) Blast Abe’s “Absolutely Unacceptable” Visit To War Shrine | Zero Hedge.

It has been 7 years and 4 months since the last Prime Ministerial visit to Yasukuni Shrine (a symbol of Japan’s past militarism – and its convicted war criminals – which appears to be resurrecting); but in what China describes as an act that is “absolutely unacceptable to the Chinese people,” current Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe paid tribute to the war dead today. The strong reaction was met with a rapid ‘apology’ of sorts as Abe stated officially, “I am aware that, because of misunderstandings, some people criticise a visit to Yasukuni shrine as an act of worshipping war criminals… [but] I have no intention at all to hurt the feelings of Chinese or South Korean people.”

In the past… (via Reuters)

China and South Korea have repeatedly expressed anger in the past over Japanese politicians’ visits to Yasukuni Shrinewhere Japanese leaders convicted as war criminals by an Allied tribunal are honored along with war dead.

The shrine is seen in parts of Asia as a symbol of Japanese past militarism.

Abe’s Excuse…

Via AFP,

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday his visit to the controversial Yasukuni war shrine was a pledge that Japan would not go to war again and was not intended to hurt Chinese or South Koreans.

“I chose this day to report (to enshrined spirits) what we have done in the year since the administration launched and to pledge and determine that never again will people suffer in war,” he told reporters at the shrine.

I am aware that, because of misunderstandings, some people criticise a visit to Yasukuni shrine as an act of worshipping war criminals, but I made my visit to pledge to create an era where people will never suffer from catastrophe in war,” Abe said.

“I have no intention at all to hurt the feelings of Chinese or South Korean people.”

And The Chinese response…

Chinese foreign ministry Asian affairs dept head: Yasukuni visit “absolutely unacceptable to the Chinese people” pic.twitter.com/c3skU6FnTn

— Austin Ramzy (@austinramzy) December 26, 2013

And the consequences…

Chinese Foreign Ministry on Abe Yasukuni visit: “The Japanese side must bear all consequences.” #uhoh

— ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) December 26, 2013

The Chinese people are enraged…

Chinese netizens call for anti-Japan boycott and inquire about street protest on Strong Nation Forum http://t.co/FYp4SEjAmS

— Jessica Chen Weiss (@jessicacweiss) December 26, 2013

and The Koreans are now chiming in…

(LEAD) Abe’s Yasukuni visit to have diplomatic repercussions: Seoul http://t.co/n6iX6rz1pf

— Yonhap News Agency (@YonhapNews) December 26, 2013

 

International concern over N Korea execution – Asia-Pacific – Al Jazeera English

International concern over N Korea execution – Asia-Pacific – Al Jazeera English.

The reported execution of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s powerful uncle has caused worries over the stability of the isolated country, with various governments expressing concern over the potential implications of the move.

The state-run KCNA news agency announced on Friday that a special military trial was held for the once-influential Jang Song-thaek before he was executed on Thursday.

Jang, who had been branded as “traitor” and dismissed from his positions and powers on Monday, was accused of a string of criminal acts including corruption, womanising and drug-taking.

“The accused Jang brought together undesirable forces and formed a faction as the boss of a modern day factional group for a long time and thus committed such hideous crimes as attempting to overthrow the state,” KCNA reported.
South Korea on Friday expressed “deep concern” over the developments, and said it would prepare for “all possibilities in the future” and coordinate closely with its allies.

“The North usually curbs internal instability by waging provocations externally,” the Ryoo Kihl-Jae, the South Korean unification minister said, warning the purge could be followed by military actions, including another nuclear test.

China, Pyongyang’s major ally and economic lifeline, said Jang’s execution was an “internal matter” but also stressed the need for stability.

“As a neighbour we hope to see national stability, economic development and people living in happiness in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea,” foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei said at a regular briefing.

Tokyo said that it was “closely watching the situation”.

“We will calmly monitor the situation while communicating with other countries and collect relevant information,” the Kyodo news agency quoted Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga as saying.

‘Deep concern’

Washington said that the execution was “another example of the extreme brutality of the North Korean regime”.

The North usually curbs internal instability by waging provocations externallyRyoo Kihl-Jae, South Korea’s unification minister

“We are following developments in North Korea closely and consulting with our allies and partners in the region,” Patrick Ventrell, a spokesman for the White House’s National Security Council, said.

London expressed “deep concern about the impact of this unpredictable regime on stability in the region”.

“Our embassy in Pyongyang is monitoring the situation closely and we will continue to maintain close contact with our allies on this,” a Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesman said.

The official Rodong Sinmun newspaper on Friday carried a photograph of Jang in handcuffs and being held by uniformed guards as he stood trial.

Al Jazeera’s Harry Fawcett, reporting from Bangkok, said the execution has laid bare a massive power struggle in the secretive country.

“It’s an incredibly public condemnation of this once very powerful man,” our correspondent said.

The sacking on Monday suggests Pyongyang is undergoing its biggest leadership upheaval since the death in 2011 of former leader Kim Jong-il, the younger Kim’s father.

‘Wild ambition’

KCNA said earlier this week that Jang had been removed from all his posts and expelled from the Workers’ Party.

“From long ago, Jang had a dirty political ambition. He dared not raise his head when Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il were alive,” KCNA said, referring to leader Kim’s grandfather and father, who were previous rulers of the dynastic state.

“He began revealing his true colours, thinking that it was just the time for him to realise his wild ambition in the period of historic turn when the generation of the revolution was replaced.”

Jang was married to Kim’s aunt, the daughter of the North’s founding leader Kim Il-sung, and was widely considered to be working to ensure his nephew firmly established his grip on power in the past two years.

Jang had been a prominent fixture in many of the reports and photographs of Kim Jong-un’s public activities, but his appearances have tapered off sharply this year and he has not appeared in official media since early November.

 

S Korea alert after official websites hacked – Asia-Pacific – Al Jazeera English

S Korea alert after official websites hacked – Asia-Pacific – Al Jazeera English.

North Korea fires weapons after ‘rocket launching tests’ – World – CBC News

North Korea fires weapons after ‘rocket launching tests’ – World – CBC News.

 

N Korea again fires short-range missile – Asia-Pacific – Al Jazeera English

N Korea again fires short-range missile – Asia-Pacific – Al Jazeera English.

 

South Korea Joins Global Currency War, Cuts Rates In Response To Abenomics | Zero Hedge

South Korea Joins Global Currency War, Cuts Rates In Response To Abenomics | Zero Hedge.

 

North Korea ‘moves missile launchers’ – Asia-Pacific – Al Jazeera English

North Korea ‘moves missile launchers’ – Asia-Pacific – Al Jazeera English.

 

North Korea: Pyongyang lays out detailed conditions for US talks | World news | guardian.co.uk

North Korea: Pyongyang lays out detailed conditions for US talks | World news | guardian.co.uk.

 

Kerry warns N Korea against missile launch – Asia-Pacific – Al Jazeera English

Kerry warns N Korea against missile launch – Asia-Pacific – Al Jazeera English.

North Korea urges foreigners to leave South Korea – World – CBC News

North Korea urges foreigners to leave South Korea – World – CBC News.

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