Monday, November 21, 2005


A made-up world opinion of the comrades

It seems that communists and sympathizers are desperate to make up a world opinion.

South Korean Tells Japan's Leader to Stop Visiting Shrine

Published: November 19, 2005

PUSAN, South Korea, Nov. 18 - President Roh Moo Hyun of South Korea urged Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi of Japan to stop visiting a nationalistic Japanese war memorial in a meeting here between the leaders on Friday, saying the visits raised fears of a revival of Japanese militarism.

The bilateral talks, which took place on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit meeting, took place just a month after Mr. Koizumi's latest trip to the Yasukuni Shrine, a memorial that commemorates Japan's war dead, including high-ranking war criminals from World War II. The visit aggravated Japan's already strained relations with its Asian neighbors.

Mr. Koizumi defended his visits to the shrine, saying that he prayed for peace there. But Japan has found itself continually confronted at the summit meeting here over its handling of its wartime conduct, and has been diplomatically shunned by its neighbors in a region where China's influence is growing rapidly.
Because of Mr. Koizumi's latest visit to the shrine, China's president, Hu Jintao, rejected Mr. Koizumi's request for a meeting here. Mr. Roh agreed to one, but Seoul pointedly downgraded Friday's talks as a "courtesy meeting" with the South Korean host of the summit meeting. Also, Mr. Roh refused to say Friday whether he would go through with a scheduled visit to Japan next month.

The two-day summit meeting here was expected to conclude Saturday with calls for increased cooperation in fighting the spread of avian flu and for Europe to open further its agricultural markets. After a scheduled meeting with the Indonesian president, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Mr. Bush planned to visit the Osan Air Base south of Seoul before flying to Beijing.

Protesters marched through the streets of Pusan on Friday, but the turnout, estimated by authorities at 15,000, was far lower than the 100,000 that organizers had predicted.

The Japanese-South Korean meeting contrasted with South Korea's increasingly warm ties with China. In a meeting between the leaders of those countries on Wednesday, Mr. Roh and Mr. Hu said they were united in their views of the region's history against those of a "neighboring country."

In a brief speech at the summit meeting on Friday evening, Mr. Koizumi played down the frictions with China, telling the assembled leaders that Japan's economic ties with China were growing and moving in the right direction.

"There is absolutely nothing to worry about in Japan-China relations," Mr. Koizumi reportedly said. "China's growth is an opportunity."

In their 30-minute meeting on Friday, Mr. Roh told Mr. Koizumi that South Korea was not interested in further apologies from Japan about its wartime conduct.

"Stop apologizing; actions are more important," Mr. Roh told Mr. Koizumi, according to Mira Sun, a spokeswoman for the South Korean leader.

Mr. Koizumi, who has shored up his domestic support partly by appealing to Japan's rising nationalist sentiments and taking a tough stance against his Asian neighbors, said after the summit meeting that he was considering returning to the shrine next year. He told reporters that he would make a decision "appropriately," the same expression he had used before his most recent visit.

Criticism of his trips to Yasukuni, regarded by many as a symbol of unrepentant Japanese militarism, originated mostly in China and South Korea. But after last month's visit it widened to include the rest of Asia, North America and Europe.

Under Mr. Koizumi, Japan has responded to sweeping changes in the region by further strengthening its security ties with the United States. The two Koreas, once fierce enemies, are moving increasingly closer, and they share, with China, historical grievances against Japan.

Standing next to President Bush in Kyoto, Japan, early this week, Mr. Koizumi rejected the criticism that he has made Japan too dependent on the United States, even as he has antagonized Japan's Asian neighbors.

"The better our relations with the United States, the easier it will be for us to build good relations with China, South Korea, Asian and other countries in the world," Mr. Koizumi said. "That's my basic belief."

In keeping with that belief, Japan lobbied unsuccessfully to have the United States included in the first East Asian Summit, a meeting of regional nations scheduled to take place next month in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, while South Korea kept a studied silence.

Asahi Shimbun, Norimitsu Onishi, New York Times, Xinhua, chicom, Chinese merchants abroad, South Koreans and North Koreans; Red ring desire to spread propaganda against Japan.
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