Chinese President Xi Jinping Expresses Condolences on Death of Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
BEIJING, 9 July – RIA Novosti. Chinese President Xi Jinping sent a telegram of condolence to Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Saturday, following the death of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. China Central Television.
Xi Jinping, on behalf of the Chinese government, all Chinese people, and himself, expressed his deep condolences for the untimely death of Shinzo Abe, and also extended his deepest condolences to the family of the former Japanese Prime Minister.
“Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has made an effort and useful contribution to improving Sino-Japanese relations during his tenure. We once came to an important consensus that Sino-Japanese relations should be built to meet the requirements of the new era. The Chinese leader said in a telegram “I am deeply saddened by his sudden death,” he said.
The channel points out that Xi Jinping and his wife, Peng Liyuan, sent a telegram of condolence to the widow of former Prime Minister Akie Abe on Saturday.
Shinzo Abe was attacked during a street performance in Nara, Japan at around 11:30 am (5:30 pm Moscow time) on Friday, July 8th. The 41-year-old assailant, Tetsuya Yamagami, fired two shots from behind the politician from about 10 meters away. After the second shot, Abe fell. During the attack, he received several gunshot wounds that caused profuse bleeding.
According to doctors, Abe was taken to the Nara Medical University Hospital at 12:20 local time (6:20 Moscow time). His death was recorded at 17.03 local time (11.03 Moscow time). Doctors described the possible cause of death of the politician as blood loss. The politician was 67 years old.
The attacker was arrested at the scene. He offered no resistance during his arrest. Japanese media reported that Yamagami served in the country’s naval self-defense forces for three years, until 2005. Occupation is currently unknown. The man confessed to his guilt during interrogation. Yamagami described his action as a protest against a particular “group” with which Abe was linked and which allegedly was the cause of the disastrous financial situation in the Yamagami family.
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