01/03/2014 05:19 GMT | Updated 01/03/2014 05:59 GMT

Shoot The Devils: Chinese State Newspaper Releases Point-And-Shoot Japanese War Criminals Online Game

One of the most widely read newspapers in China has released an online game that encourages readers to shoot Japanese war criminals.

As if tensions between the two countries weren't strained enough, the People's Daily recently announced the launch of a new game called Shoot the Devils on its official Weibo page.

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Screen-grab from Shoot The Devils online game

To the sound of bouncing, military music, players can choose to shoot at an image of one of 14 convicted WWII war criminals who are interned at the controversial Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo.

In case readers aren't familiar with their Class A misdeeds, the games provides a helpful biography of their war crimes.

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Translated biographies of targets

A visit by Japan's prime minister, Shinzo Abe, to a controversial shrine to the country's war dead last year, combined with territorial disputes over the Diaoyu/Senkaku islands, has seen growing political strain between the neighbouring governments.

Earlier this year, China and Japan's ambassadors both compared each other to Harry Potter villain Lord Voldemort.