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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Remarks on Some Japanese Cabinet Members Visiting Yasukuni Shrine

2015-08-15

Q: On August 15, some Japanese cabinet members visited the Yasukuni Shrine, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a ritual offering to it. What is China's comment on this?

A: The Yasukuni Shrine is a spiritual tool and symbol of the wars of aggression launched by the Japanese militarism. August 15 is the day when the Japanese militarism declared an unconditional surrender. Japan's wrong attitude towards the history issue is once again revealed considering that some Japanese politicians choose this day to pay tribute to the Yasukuni Shrine which honors Class A criminals of the Second World War and beautifies the wars of aggression. The Chinese side is firmly opposed to and dissatisfied with this.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the victory of the Chinese People's War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression and the World Anti-Fascist War. It is also an important year for the international community to draw lessons from history and open up the future. Only by squarely facing and deeply reflecting upon the past history of aggression and making a clean break with militarism can Japan unload the historical baggage and truly open up the future. We once again urge the Japanese side to make credible efforts to deliver on the solemn statements and commitments it has made to China and the international community on the history issue, properly address relevant issues and win the trust of its Asian neighbors and the world.

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