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China Tries to Tamp Down Nationalist Fervor Over Abe Shooting

  • Former newspaper editor urges people to put politics aside
  • Abe was controversial in China for stances on military, Taiwan
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Leading nationalist figures in China tried to silence celebrations after the shooting of Shinzo Abe, the former Japanese leader who sparked controversy by urging to Japan to bolster its military.

A social media account of China Central Television was filled with comments rejoicing in the attack that killed Abe. One Weibo post said it would be fitting if Abe atoned with his life for Japan’s invasion of China before World War II just a day after the 85th anniversary of the start of hostilities in 1937. That post got 210,000 likes.