BEIJING, Dec. 29 (Xinhuanet) -- Chinese State Councillor Yang Jiechi has denounced Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to the Yasukuni Shrine.
Yang said Abe’s visit to the controversial shrine where Class-A war criminals from World War Two are honored, was made in total disregard of international opposition.
Yang said the act was a brazen affront to all the people from countries that have victims of Japanese aggression. The State Councillor added that the Yasukuni Shrine issue boils down to whether or not the Japanese government is able to properly face its past and apologize for its militarist aggression and colonial rule.
Yang also stressed that Abe must own up to the country’s wrongdoings, correct its mistakes, and take concrete measures to atone for the damage done.
"The Chinese people cannot be insulted, nor can the people of Asia and throughout the world be humiliated. Abe must own up to the wrongdoing, correct the mistake and take concrete measures to remove its egregious impacts. We urge Abe to give up any illusion and mend his way, otherwise he will further discredit himself in front of Japan’s Asian neighbors and the international community and end up being an out-and-out loser in history," Yang said.