China summons Japan ambassador over shrine visitsBy AP News Aug 15, 2013 5:34PM UTC
BEIJING (AP) — China has summoned the Japanese ambassador to register a protest over Japanese Cabinet members’ visits to a controversial shrine to war dead in Tokyo.
The official Xinhua News Agency says Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin lodged “solemn representations” in his meeting Thursday with Ambassador Masato Kitera.
That followed the ministers’ visits to the Yasukuni Shrine to mark the 68th anniversary of Japan’s surrender in World War II.
(READ MORE: Japan marks World War II surrender anniversary)
The shrine honors 2.5 million Japanese war dead, including officers executed for war crimes committed against nations including China and Korea. Beijing regards such visits an affront to its past suffering and evidence that Japan has yet to truly apologize.
This year’s anniversary comes amid heightened tensions over disputed East China Sea islands controlled by Japan but claimed by China.