Yasukuni Shrine issue cannot be bypassed - FM spokesman
Updated: 2006-05-25 18:51
A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said Thursday that the Yasukuni Shrine
issue cannot be bypassed for improving China-Japan ties.
Spokesman Liu Jianchao made the remarks when responding to a question
concerning China-Japan foreign ministers' meeting on Tuesday in the Qatari
capital of Doha on the sidelines of the Asia Cooperation Dialogue conference.
Liu said Li expounded China's position on Japanese leaders' paying homage at
the Yasukuni Shrine that honors convicted Japanese war criminals.
Li stressed that Japanese leaders' insistence on paying homage at the shrine
constitutes the major obstacle for improving and developing China-Japan ties and
also harms political basis for bilateral ties, according to Liu.
Liu said the two foreign ministers also conferred on strengthening strategic
dialogue and facilitating trade cooperation and personnel exchanges.
"The two sides have the common wish to clear obstacles for improving and
developing China-Japan ties," he added.