Chinese politicians have invited foreign journalists to an “anti-Japanese militarism” tour for two days. The tour was organized by the Foreign Ministry and around 40 foreign journalists joined the event.
The journalists were based in Beijing and other Chinese cities to five sites in the northeastern province of Liaoning. The area is where the Manchukuo puppet state was established by Japan in 1932 and existed until the end of World War II, according to the local press.
The tour took the newsmen to five destinations including the Museum of the War of Chinese People’s Resistance Against Japanese Aggression and the “9.18” Historical Museum, which presents information on the history of Japanese occupation of the northeastern region. It began with an explosion at a railway section in Liutiaohu near Shenyang by troops of the now-defunct Imperial Japanese Army on September 18, 1931.
The Chinese government’s decision to organize the tour came after Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited the war-linked Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo last month. His decision enraged China and South Korea, both victims of Japan’s wartime aggression.
Abe is the first Japanese prime minister to pay his respects at this shrine since Junichiro Koizumi did it in 2006. The shrine was built in the memory of Japan’s war dead, including war criminals that were executed after World War II.