China has lashed back at the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, a day after he likened his nation's relationship with China to that of Germany and Britain before World War One.
"The Japanese leader's memories of history cannot be misplaced. It would be better to face up to what Japan did to China before the war and in recent history than to say things about pre-World War One British-German relations."
Gang went on to say Japan needs to come to terms with its militaristic history of invasions and colonizations.
Only then, he said, would Tokyo improve its relations with neighboring Asian countries.
Both Seoul and Beijing also had something to say about Abe once again defending his visit to the controversial Yasukuni war shrine, which honors several Class-A war criminals.
The Chinese spokesperson called those Class-A war criminals the "Nazis" of Asia.
Seoul's foreign ministry spokesperson Cho Tai-young took a somewhat softer stance.
He said that paying respects at the Yasukuni shrine is evidence that Japan has not repented for its imperialist past, and that the continued visits to the shrine are simply incomprehensible.
Cho added that his is the voice of not just Koreans but the media, intellectuals and sensibile people in Northeast Asia and the world.
Tensions have long been high between the three Asian countries due to territorial and historical disputes, but took a turn for the worse when Abe visited the war shrine in December.
Yoo Li-an, Arirang News.
China's foreign minister has also waded in on the issue.
On his ministry's website, Wang Yi said Prime Minister Abe's defense for visits to the Yasukuni shrine merely serves to show that his understanding of history goes against the conscience of mankind and international duties.