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Chinese embassy in Canberra accuses Japanese ambassador of 'nasty remarks' - ABC News

The Chinese embassy in Australia has launched an extraordinary personal attack on Shingo Yamagami, Japan's ambassador in Canberra, accusing him of making "nasty remarks" about China and glorifying Japanese war crimes at a diplomatic function.

The embassy also says China's ambassador to Australia, Cheng Jingye, responded by "excoriating" Mr Yamagami at the event.

But Japan's embassy firmly denies that Mr Yamagami has ever praised Japan's World War II legacy and insists the two ambassadors have never engaged in a verbal confrontation.

The confusing diplomatic stoush was kickstarted by a highly unusual statement posted to the Chinese embassy's website 10 days ago.

"At a diplomatic function in Canberra not long ago [Japan's ambassador] attempted blatantly to whitewash, and even beautify, the brutal aggression and atrocities by the Japanese militarists in World War II," it reads.

"It is … natural he was excoriated by the Chinese ambassador on the spot. And his offer to invite the Chinese ambassador for a dinner was politely declined."

The embassy of the People's Republic of China was opened in 1990. Yarralumla, Canberra, 2017.
The statement was posted on the official website of the Chinese embassy in Canberra.(

ABC News: Dylan Anderson


The Chinese embassy released the statement a day after Mr Yamagami gave a speech to the National Press Club, praising Australia's policies on China.

He said the federal government had "faced up to tremendous pressure in a consistent, principled and resilient manner".

The Chinese embassy statement called the speech "nasty" and accused the ambassador of pining for the days of imperial Japan.

"In 2010, China surpassed Japan in terms of GDP. Unfortunately … a small number of Japanese with imperial dream[s] still cannot come to terms with history and reality," it says.

However, it is not clear exactly which event the Chinese embassy is referring to when it talks about the ambassador excoriating Mr Yamagami.

Leaders of China and Japan shake hands while in front of large flags of their respective nations
Tokyo-Beijing relations have deteriorated since Shinzo Abe (second left) resigned as Japan's prime minister last year.(

Reuters: Thomas Peter


China's ambassador Cheng Jingye did not attend the National Press Club speech given by Mr Yamagami, so the alleged confrontation could not have happened there.

The ABC asked the Chinese embassy to provide more details. But officials simply said Mr Yamagami's speech spoke for itself and it had nothing further to add.

Ambassadors attended Holocaust memorial event

The Japanese embassy told the ABC it did not know which function the Chinese embassy was referring to, and the two ambassadors had never exchanged barbs.

Mr Yamagami and the Chinese ambassador did both speak at a Holocaust memorial event hosted by the Israeli embassy in April.

But a spokesperson for the Japanese embassy said the Japanese ambassador spoke only about the Holocaust at the function.

While Mr Yamagami referred briefly to Japanese officials who helped Jews flee Europe to reach safety, he made no references to the war in Asia or Japan's military conquests in World War II, they said.

The spokesperson added that if the Chinese embassy's statement was indeed aimed at that speech, then it was not an accurate portrayal.

Three warships side by side in the open ocean on a sunny day
Japanese and Australian warships are planning more joint exercises in the South China Sea. (

Twitter: Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force


The Chinese embassy's attack on the ambassador coincides with a broader deterioration of ties between Japan and China.

There are deep reservoirs of hostility in China towards Japan over Tokyo's depredations before and during World War II, when Japanese troops murdered countless civilians and prisoners of war in China.

And fresh tensions flared in recent months as senior Japanese politicians adopted increasingly assertive language on deeply sensitive issues, from territorial disputes in the East China Sea to human rights abuses in China.

Beijing's ambassador to Japan recently declared that Japan's statements on Taiwan and Hong Kong had "seriously disturbed" the bilateral relationship, warning Tokyo against working with the United States to contain China.

Several Chinese diplomats have also embraced a far more confrontational tone — sometimes labelled "Wolf Warrior diplomacy" — partly in response to surging nationalism back home.

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