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China To Japan: Grovel Enough And We'll Respect You

Via old WRM colleague and CFR China fellow Elizabeth Economy comes this link to an English language version of a Chinese editorial on Xinhuanet helpfully explaining to the next Japanese prime minister how his country can contribute to harmonious China-Japan relations:

To improve the relationship between the world’s second and third biggest economies, Noda’s cabinet has to carefully craft and implement a proper policy in treating Japan’s war past to soothe the resentment among the Chinese public toward Japan.

Plus, no Japanese politician should ever visit the Yasukuni Shrine, which is a symbol of Japan’s past militarism and honors some 2.5 million Japanese war dead, including 14 war criminals. And it should never let these historical problems take the two nations’ relationship hostage.

Furthermore, Japan needs to show enough respect for China’s national sovereignty and territorial integrity, especially when it comes to matters concerning Diaoyu islands, which are an integral part of China’s territory.

China has always made itself clear that it would like to settle its differences with Japan through candid dialogue.

Beijing is also willing to shelve differences and jointly explore with Japan the resources in the surrounding waters of the Diaoyu Islands, on condition that Tokyo recognized China’s complete sovereignty over the archipelago.

Additionally, Japan should acknowledge China’s legitimate requirement for military modernization to defend its growing national interests.

It should also stop viewing China as a threat and call off its dangerous practice of invoking China’s rise as an excuse to discard the defense-oriented policy after World War II for its own military expansion.

How could anyone not welcome such gracious proposals of peace?

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  • clazy8

    I watched a 2001 documentary last night, Hell in the Pacific. It’s not as if I hadn’t been aware of everything the film presented, but I was shocked anew, regretted my choice to watch it, and spent the morning depressed. So I understand the enduring resentment of the Chinese (and most of SE Asia) for Japan. But it is surely absurd for anyone associated with the Chinese Communist party to get on a high horse and lecture other people for crimes against humanity committed in the name of political destiny. And yet — it makes sense. Thirty years after the beginnings of economic liberalization, everyone knows that the Communists are philosophically bankrupt. The only thing standing between them and lynching is economic growth and nationalism. When the former falters, expect more of the latter. Hmm. I’m getting depressed again.

  • Alan Kellogg

    China has it [completely] backwards. She lost her war with Japan and only the intervention of the United States saved her. Look at it from the Japanese point of view.

    Japan: Respect you? Fool, we beat you like a drum. If not for America you would be a Japanese colony. You don’t demand respect, you earn it, and you have done nothing to earn any respect from us.

    That’s how I read the Japanese response, and I doubt they’d act any other way. The Japanese are a prideful people and acting as if they were any other way is certain to end up disappointing you.

  • Harryt Allan

    This looks like every starting “proposal” I’ve ever seen in a labor negotiation — either side. Worth taking seriously, but not literally.

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