|Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin’s Remarks on the Visit to the Yasukuni Shrine by Japan’s Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry|
Q: According to reports, the newly-appointed Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) of Japan paid a visit to the Yasukuni Shrine on August 13. Do you have any comment?
A: The visit by this member of Japan’s Cabinet to the Yasukuni Shrine, where World War II Class-A war criminals are honored, once again shows the Japanese government’s erroneous attitude toward historical issues. The Chinese side has lodged solemn démarches to the Japanese side.
We urge the Japanese side to own up to and deeply reflect on its history of aggression, properly handle relevant issues with a sense of responsibility and win the trust of its Asian neighbors and the larger international community through concrete actions.