China builds memorial hall for Korean independence fighter Ahn Jung-geunUpdated: 2014-01-20 14:28:15 KST
A memorial hall honoring Korean independence fighter Ahn Jung-geun has opened in the northeastern Chinese city of Harbin.
The city's railway station is where, in 1909, Ahn shot and killed Hirobumi Ito, who had served as the prime minister of Japan FOUR times before becoming the top Japanese official preparing for his country's 1910 annexation of the Korean peninsula.
The memorial hall consists of exhibition rooms telling the story of Ahn's life, and shows the exact spot where the shooting took place.
The facility was built after President Park Geun-hye brought up the idea of creating a monument for Ahn during her meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping last June.
Hailed as a hero in Korea and China, Ahn is considered a murderer by many Japanese.
Japanese government which had asked Beijing to scrap plans to build the memorial called embassies of China and Korea to express regrets over the matter.
In the meantime, Beijing and Tokyo continue to be at each other's throats over a variety of issues, including Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's recent visit to the Yasukuni war shrine which honors Japan's war dead, as well as several Class-A war criminals.
Japan's ambassador to the U.S. fired the latest salvo, accusing China of a misled campaign that falsely portrays Abe as glorifying Tokyo's militaristic past.
Both Japan and China have come under international scrutiny in recent months.
Japan for Abe's Yasukuni visit, and China for its recent demarcation of a new air defense zone over a disputed area of the East China Sea.
Seoul and Beijing have condemned Japanese politicians' visits to the Yasukuni Shrine and for Tokyo's refusal to apologize for the nation's wartime atrocities.
Shin Se-min, Arirang News.
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