Koizumi won’t budge on war shrine dispute with China – AFP

From AFP via the Manila Times:

Japan’s leader stuck to his guns Tuesday in a bitter and emotional dispute with China, as lingering resentment over his visits to a Tokyo war shrine clouded day two of a Southeast Asian summit.

Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi said he believed Beijing would eventually “understand” his controversial trips to the , which have outraged China and South Korea.

Beijing and Seoul say trips to the shrine, which includes war criminals among its remembered dead, are a sign of Japanese militarism.

The dispute threatened to overshadow Koizumi’s meeting with the 10 Asean leaders of at which he offered 7.5 billion yen ($62.5 million) to fund closer Asean integration and $135 million to fight bird flu in Asia.

December 13, 2005 5:58 PM
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