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China media: Yasukuni shrine

  • 15 August 2014
  • From the section China
Several Japanese lawmakers visited the war shrine on Friday
Several Japanese lawmakers were among visitors to the Yasukuni shrine on Friday

Media criticise Japanese politicians' visit to the controversial Yasukuni Shrine on the 69th anniversary of Japan's surrender in World War Two.

The shrine commemorates Japan's war dead, including convicted war criminals.

The Global Times states that the conflicts over historical issues will turn into a "lose-lose situation" as they have "have become a major manifestation of the geopolitical rivalry between both sides".

"Japan is losing its upper hand in the international community due to its irresponsible attitude toward history, and China has spent too many unnecessary resources and attention on it," it says.

Noting that Japan's PM Shinzo Abe has refrained from visiting the shrine, the editorial does not sound optimistic over bilateral ties.

"Warming Sino-Japanese ties are still impossible, even though Mr Abe acted mildly on the Yasukuni Shrine issue this year and Chinese leaders might meet him at the APEC forum. On historical issues, both sides are just speaking to themselves" it adds, stating that "only national strength matters".

"The biggest force that can transform Sino-Japanese relations is the rise of China. It probably won't make Japan and China regain rapport, but it will drive Japan to assess the outcome of a full confrontation with China," it notes.

Echoing similar views, the Beijing Youth Daily warns that Japan's right-wing forces are "slowly reviving militarism" by recently changing the security policy to pave the way for its military to fight overseas.

"The intention of evoking the dead soul of militarism is very clear as the politicians in Japan are so passionate about ghost worshipping (visiting the Yasukuni Shrine)," the article says.

It reminds Japan that "the China now is no longer weak and it will never allow the historical tragedy to be repeated".

Drug abuse

Elsewhere, some media outlets welcome a UK politician for praising Tibet's development.

Lord Davidson of Glen Clova, a Labour party front-bencher in the House of Lords, attended the Fourth Forum on the Development of Tibet in capital Lhasa.

"It's very clear that the investment that has been put into Tibet has raised the standards of living of people here quite remarkably," he has been quoted in state-run media as saying.

Feng Zhongping, vice president of China Institute of Contemporary International Relations, tells the Global Times' Chinese edition that Lord Davidson's comments mark "a good start for China-UK relations".

"They (the Europeans) have overwhelmingly thought that China's policy towards Tibet is very problematic. The voice of Davidson tells us that we have achieved progress in our effort in explaining the policy to the international community," says the pundit.

And finally, media voice support for an anti-drug agreement that bans celebrities with a history of drug abuse from returning to showbiz.

According to reports, 42 artist management agencies in Beijing signed an agreement with local police on Wednesday pledging never to recruit celebrities with reported drug use problems.

This comes after Gao Hu, a 40-year old actor, became the ninth Chinese celebrity to be arrested for drug-related offences this year.

Several media outlets point out that the agreement is an effective way to deter drug abuse among the celebrities.

A China News Service commentary predicts that the measure will be an effective one as "celebrities are not afraid of being arrested, but are worried about losing their job".

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