Japan brushes off China ‘troublemaker’ criticism


apan on Thursday brushed off a bristling attack in which a Chinese diplomat branded Prime Minister Shinzo Abe a “troublemaker”, saying Beijing’s sentiment is inaccurate and ignores the facts.

The rebuttal came after China’s envoy to the African Union fired the latest salvo in an increasingly bitter war of words between Asia’s two largest economies with a dramatic display of pictures he said showed the results of Japanese atrocities during the second world war.

In a press conference held the day after Abe wrapped up a landmark African tour aimed at boosting Japan’s presence in Africa, Ambassador Xie Xiaoyan accused him of trying to undermine Beijing’s own diplomatic reach.

“Abe has become the biggest troublemaker in Asia,” Xie, who is also China’s ambassador to Ethiopia, told reporters.

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