China summons Japanese ambassador over shrine visit
Updated: 2013-08-15 14:22
Japan's Minister-in-Charge of the Abduction Issue and head of the national public safety commission Keiji Furuya leaves after visiting the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo August 15, 2013, to mark the 68th anniversary of Japan's defeat in World War Two. [Photo/Agencies]
BEIJING - China summoned Japan's ambassador on Thursday to lodge a strong complaint after two Japanese cabinet ministers publicly paid their respects at a controversial Tokyo shrine for war dead, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said.
Their visit to the Yasukuni Shrine "seriously harms the feelings of the people in China and other Asian victim countries", the ministry said in a statement.