China, Japan slug it out in the world's press

WASHINGTON (AP) — China and Japan are engaged in a war of words on editorial pages around the world. Beijing has taken aim at a recent visit by Japan's leader to a divisive war shrine, and Tokyo has answered back.

Japan's ambassador to the U.S. fired the latest salvo Friday. In The Washington Post, he accused China of a global propaganda campaign that portrays Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (shin-zoh ah-bay) as glorifying Japan's militaristic past.

The dueling opinion pieces are appearing in a growing number of newspapers around the world.

Both nations have been criticized for recent actions. China has declared an air defense zone over a disputed area of the East China Sea. The Japanese prime minister visited Yasukuni, where World War II war criminals are among the many enshrined.

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