CHINA’S AMBASSADOR TO Britain has written a lengthy op-ed juxtaposing Harry Potter villain Voldemort with Japanese militarism.
It comes with the current tensions between Beijing and Toyko over the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to the controversial Yasukuni shrine.
In the article that appeared in the Daily Telegraph on Wednesday, Ambassador Liu Xiaoming opened with a reference to he-who-must-not-be-named:
In the Harry Potter story, the dark wizard Voldemort dies because the seven horcruxes, which contain parts of his soul, have been destroyed. If militarism is like the haunting Voldemort of Japan, the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo is a kind of horcrux, representing the darkest parts of that nation’s soul.
The visit made Abe the first Japanese head of government since 2006 to pay respects to the site honouring 2.5 million Japanese dead from war. Among them, are indicted Class A war criminals and is seen by many as a reminder of aggression against China.
However, Abe said he meant no harm in paying his respects, but intended to convey his “resolve that people never again suffer the horrors of war”.