Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 31st 2013 Contents "The Chinese people do not welcome
him. Now, Abe needs to admit his mistakes
to the government and people of China, cut
loose from the past and make a new start,"
Abe s war shrine visit and China s reaction
escalated tensions already running high over
a festering territorial dispute. Relations sank
to a new low recently after China announced
an air defense identification zone that covers
a string of uninhabited East China Sea
islands controlled by Japan but also claimed
Yesterday s comments show how the
shrine visit has added another reason for
China to reject talks between President Xi
Jinping and Abe on the issue. Xi and Abe
had a five-minute exchange on the sidelines
of the G-20 summit in Russia in Septem-
ber.Japanese politicians visits to Yasukuni
have long caused friction with China and
both Koreas, because the 2.5 million war
dead enshrined there include 14 class A war
criminals from World War II---national lead-
ers who were either executed or died in
prison or during their trials. Japan colonised
Korea and occupied parts of China, often
brutally, before and during World War II.
"They are the people who masterminded,
launched and carried out the war of aggres-
sion against China," China s Qin said of the
Japanese war criminals. "Their hands are
covered with the blood of the victimised
peoples. They are fascists. They are the
Nazis of Asia." (AP)
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Brazil troops protect
Amazon tribe after
BRASILIA---Brazil s government says it has sent
elite police and some soldiers to a remote area of
the Amazon to protect an indigenous tribe following
violent protests by local farmers over alleged kid-
nappings by the tribe.
Brazil s Defence Ministry would not say yesterday
how many troops were sent to the area in Amazonas
state, calling that information a strategic concern.
Farmers accuse members of the Tenharim tribe of
kidnapping three local men, allegedly in retaliation
for the early December death of a tribe leader. The
farmers set fire to offices of the federal indigenous
affairs agency last week in protest.
The tribe denies kidnapping anyone but say they
want their leader s death investigated, as they suspect
foul play. Police say the man died in a December 3
motorcycle accident. (AP)
group slammed for
BEIJING---A southern Chinese news company at
the centre of free speech protests early this year
has come under fire for turning against demon-
strators who sought to defend it in a dispute with
The Southern Media Group is the Guangzhou-
based owner of a weekly newspaper whose editorial
staff staged a rare but short-lived revolt against cen-
sorship in January that attracted dozens of protest-
ers.Supporters of the Southern Weekly newspaper
turned up at the gates of the news group s offices,
laying flowers, holding signs and shouting slogans
in support of free speech and democracy.
The weeklong fracas at the Southern Weekly evolved
quickly from a row over censorship at one newspaper
to a call for free speech and political reform across
China, handing an unexpected test to the Communist
Party leadership headed by Xi Jinping just two months
after he was installed.
The dispute was quietly resolved after editorial
staff and censors reached a compromise. But nearly
a year later, at least three of the protesters, including
the prominent democracy activist Guo Feixiong, are
now likely to face public disturbance charges.
The media group is being criticised for declaring
in a statement to police that the protests interfered
with the operations of the news company, effectively
providing evidence likely to be used against the
China yesterday accused Japan s prime minister
of hypocrisy and said he would not be welcome in
China after he visited a shrine honoring Japan s
war dead, the latest sign of worsening ties between
the two nations.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said that
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe s visit to the
Yasukuni shrine in central Tokyo had seriously hurt
relations between the countries and shut the door
for dialogue between their leaders.
"Abe s hypocrisy in his claims of prioritising rela-
tions with China and hopes for dialogue with the
Chinese leaders has been fully revealed," Qin said at
a regular briefing.
Abe not welcome after war shrine visit
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