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China Times: China, Japan should stay calm for regional peace

China Times: China, Japan should stay calm for regional peace

In recent years, relations between Japan and China have been worsening due to a spate of provocative actions taken by each side. The situation has not only increased the risk of military conflict between the two countries but has also cast a shadow on regional peace. Since the Japanese government "nationalized" the disputed Diaoyutai Islands by buying three islets in the group from their private owners in 2012, Beijing has taken various retaliatory actions, such as dispatching military aircraft and vessels to the area on "routine" patrols and announcing an air defense identification zone in the East China Sea that covers the Diaoyutais. Adding to the already bad situation is a recent visit by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to the controversial Yasukuni shrine, where 2.5 million Japanese war dead are enshrined, including 14 class A war criminals from World War II. In fact, lying beneath the China-Japan dispute is a decades-old grudge stemming from Japan's invasion of China. Japan has never offered a sincere apology over its militaristic past and has instead attempted to whitewash history. Japan must understand that its refusal to face up to its past mistakes is the reason why it has been drawing criticism from its neighbors. Without true repentance, there will be no forgiveness. Japan's attempts to strengthen its military buildup will not help improve its relations with its Asian neighbors but will bring back memories of Japanese militarism. China, on the other hand, should not allow nationalistic sentiment to lead its policies and impede its economic development. Asia is big enough to accommodate both China and Japan, as well as other Asian countries, and they need to sit down and talk. We hereby urge Japan to remove the names of the war criminals from the Yasukuni shrine and use the opportunity to examine its historical mistakes. We also call on China to adopt a more mature and rational attitude and seek to resolve its differences with Japan. (Editorial abstract -- Jan. 2, 2014) (By Y.F. Low)


Updated : 2021-10-22 13:56 GMT+08:00