Xi visits Mao; Abe visits Yasukuni

2ffd1b31-c8ba-4ce0-9514-c2c0248f074bOn December 26, 2013, the 120th anniversary of Mao Zedong, Xi Jinping习近平, Li Keqiang李克强, Zhang Dejiang 张德江, Yu Zhengsheng, Liu Yunshan 刘云山, Wang Qishan 王岐山, and Zhang Gaoli 张高丽 visited the Mao Zedong mausoleum, and genuflected three times on front of his statue.

Xinhua: 习近平等瞻仰毛泽东同志遗容, 中共中央举行纪念毛泽东同志诞辰120周年座谈会

On the same day, Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe visited Yasukuni shrine in seven years, an act that was strongly protested by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Xinhua: 外交部发言人:中国政府就安倍参拜靖国神社向日方提出强烈抗议和严厉谴责

Famous microblogger Li Changpeng 李承鹏 was among many online critics who criticized both Chinese and Japanese leaders for paying respect to demons (拜鬼):

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Also on this day: Xinhua launched a military channel that will be updated simultaneously in English and Chinese.