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    Friday, May 27, 2005

    Chinese President Hu Jintao Warned of Consequences if Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi Continues to Visit Yasukuni Shrine

    Story dated 23 May 2005

    "Chinese President Hu Jintao on Sunday renewed his call on Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi to stop visiting Yasukuni Shrine, warning that bilateral ties can be damaged "in an instant," according to a senior Diet member . . . Yasukuni Shrine . . . honors convicted Class-A war criminals along with Japan's war dead.

    Koizumi's visits to the Shinto shrine have remained a major thorn in Japan's regional relations. South Korea, China and other Asian nations that suffered from Japan's wartime aggression have repeatedly criticized Koizumi for continuing to visit the shrine.

    Koizumi indicated just last week that he would visit Yasukuni again this year, prompting a warning from China that future visits would set back China's trust in Japan. But Hu did not make a specific reference Sunday to Koizumi's comments"

    Hu also complained that Japan's school history texts did not go into enough detail about the brutality of Japan's militaristic past, and about their current show of support for the state of Taiwan. Imagine that, a tyrant upset at someone who wants to protect a nation he wants to conquer.

    Again, this is an example of the tyrants of Beijing being big, overgrown, despotic babies. What really bugs me is that the rest of the world sees fit to let the People's Republic of China say anything they want without challenging them on their abysmal human rights record. Those tyrants are still holding political prisoners from the Tiananmen Square protest. That was a long time ago. If this government were really progressive, those prisoners would have been released -- remember that. And how about the Panchen Lama? "In 1995, China's Communist authorities spirited away a [6-year-old] boy endorsed by the Dalai Lama as the re-incarnation of Tibet's second highest spiritual leader, the Panchen Lama. The boy, and his family, haven't been seen in public since, while the Chinese backed Panchen Lama appointed in his place is increasing his public profile. . . . He's been called the youngest political prisoner in the world."

    Nice, huh? This is the country that is criticizing the Japanese not for things that they have done, but for things their grandparents may have done.
    ---------China's Human Rights Linked to Lifting of EU Embargo
    ---------Panchen Lama remembered


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