Rebiya Kadeer, head of the separatist World Uygur Congress, visited on Monday the Yasukuni Shrine, where the war criminals of WWII are worshipped and, serving as a symbol of Japan's notorious invasion history, thus further tightening the already strained Sino-Japan ties.
The World Uygur Congress, a separatist organization notorious for anti-China activities and closely connected to the other terrorist organizations, held a meeting in Tokyo on Monday.
The group has links with various terrorist organizations, is a thoroughly anti-China separatist organization, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said at a press conference when asked to comment on the group's Monday meeting.
"Anti-China separatists from the World Uygur Congress have colluded with Japan's right-wing forces and exposed their political determination to separate their homeland and undermine China-Japan relations," Hong said.
Xinjiang-related issues are considered to be part of China's internal affairs and the country will not accept outside interference, he said.
Hong added that China asks Japan to respect China's requests, take measures to eradicate any negative impact and safeguard the overall state of China-Japan relations.
Kadeer's visit to Japan came amid the Fifth Trilateral Summit Meeting among China, Japan and ROK that started on Sunday.
In response, China has, through foreign ministry spokesman, reiterated its unyielding resolve to defend the national unity, and firmly oppose any activities and attempts in any form to sabotage China’s national unity and separate China.
"We express our strong dissatisfaction over Japan's permission for the separatist World Uygur Congress meeting and its engagement in anti-China activities in disregard of our firm opposition," Foreign Ministry spokesmen Hong Lei warned on Monday.
Yang Bojiang, professor of Japan studies at the University of International Relations in Beijing, also echoed the statement of Foreign Ministry, saying "in light of recent fluctuations between both countries, including Tokyo governor Shintaro Ishihara's campaign for purchasing China's Diaoyu Islands, Tokyo granting a visa to Kadeer has more than doubled the complexity of bilateral ties and directly led to tougher deterioration."