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Abe parries questions on shrine visit

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Junichiro Koizumi’s visits to Yasukuni, where Japanese World War Two leaders convicted as war criminals are honoured along with war dead, had angered China and led it to reject bilateral summits.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had paid his respects at the shrine before taking office but has whether he will do so as prime minister. In an interview last week, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao pointedly pressed him not to go.

“The countries of the northeast Asia region should fairly and reasonably resolve issues left over by history on a basis of mutual understand­ing and trust, appropriat­ely handling disputes and mutual concerns,” Wen said in a speech in Seoul yesterday, according to China’s Xinhua news agency.

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