China's Wen says Koizumi won't `Own Up' to history
Wen canceled an annual trilateral summit with Koizumi and South Korea's President Roh Moo-Hyun during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations meeting in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur because of Koizumi's visits to the Yasukuni Shrine, which has memorials of World War II war criminals among the dead it honors.
The postponement of talks ``is not something that China wants, it's just that Japan's leader won't own up correctly to its history,'' Wen told reporters at Asean's annual summit. ``Good long-term relations are in the interests of the people of both countries, but the leader's continued visits to the shrine seriously hurts the feelings of the Chinese people.''
Wen's remarks follow a Dec. 6 incident in China in which police opened fire on protesters at a coastal village near Hong Kong, killing three and wounding eight. The commander has since been detained by the provincial government, which said his ``wrong actions'' were to blame for the deaths, the New York Times reported.
comments powered by Disqus
- Raleigh Trevelyan, Chronicler of a Notable Family, Dies at 91
- Former spokesman of B.C. anti-immigration group wants UBC history prof fired
- Harvard's Steven Shapin Wins History of Science Award
- Middle East Studies Association Fights a Rising Tide of Critics
- Juan Cole says the postwar Middle East governments were modeled on the Soviet Union, though not communist (interview)