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East Asia tensions on display at Security Council
East Asia tensions flare at UN Security Council debate; China, S. Korea lambast shrine visit
Associated Press
2014-01-30 03:01 AM

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Tensions between Japan and its neighbors are flaring at a U.N. Security Council debate.

China and South Korea have lambasted Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to a shrine where convicted World War II criminals are buried.

Chinese Ambassador Liu Jieyi says Abe is "promoting an erroneous perspective of history" and trying "to reverse the verdict of the war." South Korean Ambassador Oh Joon says Japan "should refrain from provoking its neighbors with its denial of history."

It was a vivid illustration of the theme of Wednesday's debate entitled, "War, Its Lessons, and the Search for Permanent Peace."

Japan's envoy was to address the debate later.

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