China steps up appeal to West in Japan propaganda battle

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delta5297 wrote:

Japan committed many horrific atrocities during World War II, that is true. But that is no excuse for China’s attempts to bully and intimidate its neighbors today. Japan may not be as forthright in confronting its wartime past as we’d like, but to their credit they have shown themselves to be committed to pacifism…and that is already a 180 degree turn from what they used to be. Today it seems the roles are reversed, with China acting as the regional aggressor instead.

Jan 16, 2014 6:59am EST  --  Report as abuse
Andao wrote:

In the 1930s and 40s, the Communists invited lots of Western journalists and scholars to their rural base areas. Mao and friends poured praise onto the West, and the journalists were left thinking Mao was a true democrat and friend to the US.

Then in 1950, Mao supported North Korean aggression with a million troops, and killed 35,000 Americans. To this day – despite North Korea starting the war – the war is known in Chinese as “the war to resist America and aid Korea”. Absurd, let’s call World War II “the war of Chinese aggression against Japan”.

So it’s probably best to take Communist charm offensives with a boulder of salt. They don’t have a great track record.

Jan 16, 2014 9:27am EST  --  Report as abuse
Arnleif wrote:

China certainly got the nerve. They should know only western countries can use WW2 arguments to defend their policies.

The undeniable fact that high level politician all the way up to leaders of western countries like the US and UK regularly and repeatedly use argumentation comparing people like Saddam and Assad to Hitler, that is of course not propaganda….

Propaganda and corruption only exist in other countries, that is burned into western education and doctrine, something everyone is thought from childhood…..

Jan 16, 2014 5:09pm EST  --  Report as abuse
GeneSass wrote:

Japan is not changing back to the fascist regime of WWII. China today has the honor of that title presently considered the biggest threat to peace by all Asian nations. Japan is a democracy while China is a communist dictatorship.

Jan 16, 2014 6:57pm EST  --  Report as abuse
GeneSass wrote:

Japan is not changing back to the fascist regime of WWII. China today has the honor of that title presently considered the biggest threat to peace by all Asian nations. Japan is a democracy while China is a communist dictatorship.

Jan 16, 2014 6:57pm EST  --  Report as abuse
DTHP wrote:

Well if Japan was not so defiant in hiding all the things that they did in WWII, I dont think China and Korea would be so pissed off. Look at Germany… nobody cares whether they are investing into the military because the German government admitted to their wrongdoings and specifically made sure their education curriculum taught their youths of what the Nazis had done since 1945.

Meanwhile, Japan hides the fact that they committed any atrocities (i.e. Unit 731, Nanjing Massacre, etc.) to their youths and even to some extent, re-write or cover up their history because it is too “shameful”. OH give me a break….

Also, Americans betrayed the Chinese when they agreed to let a lot of these Japanese soldiers responsible in committing disgusting atrocities against Chinese and Korean civilians in Unit 731 so that they can obtain these “valuable” test results to their own self-advancement in science. NOBODY ever seems to bring this up!

If we’re talking accountability, let’s put everything on the table and be transparent about EVERYTHING if that is even in the Japanese vocabulary.

Nobody mentions the State Secrets Act that Shinzo Abe just passed through government, which is a baby step towards setting up their secret agency. Is anyone aware that Japan is not allowed to re-militarize as per their surrender in 1945 (and ratified in 1952)? Well, I guess nobody cares until Japan actually starts making tanks and aircraft… just like how the Nazis did in 1930s. So why can’t China voice their displeasure?

With the global economy in tatters, no developed country wants to upset the status quo and maybe that is why they are so upset that developing countries are taking their punch out of their say in the global community.

Jan 16, 2014 7:01pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Robert10 wrote:

@Delta5297:

You seem to overlook that Japan has been and is a client state of the US, post-WWII. Its freedom of action is very much limited by the US. In that sense, one can only say that its “democracy” and “pacifism” is still untested. What is worrisome is that, according to a Mainichi survey, almost half of Japanese youth think that Japan’s war was justified.

Jan 16, 2014 7:05pm EST  --  Report as abuse
fuall17 wrote:

China is two-faced. Does China really think the world is stupid?? China is the aggressor and has bullied it’s asian neighbors and has invaded territory already from philippines and vietnam. Japan should be armed and assist the USA in preventing Chinese hegemony.

Jan 16, 2014 9:42pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Replogle wrote:

This is the usual western double standard. How the West could viewed Japan as a democracy while in actual the Japan’s dominant political party is on a very different track from its Western allies? The LDP revision proposals show that the political leaders of Japan and of the United States and other nations in the western political tradition do not share the same belief in free society and the role of government.
Japan revision plan would affect nearly all of the 103 articles of the 1947 Constitution.
Here are some of the dangerous proposals;
A revision to Article 20, for example, would open the door to direct government participation in Shinto rituals, to the extent that they “do not exceed the boundaries of social rituals or customary acts.”
Article 24 would include a new provision declaring that the family (not the individual) is the “natural and basic unit of society” and creating a constitutional duty for family members to support each other.
A revision to Article 63 would weaken the role of the Diet as a check on the executive branch and as a means to inform the people on matters of national interest by relaxing the requirement that Cabinet ministers appear at the Diet to respond to inquiries.
Note that these aren’t include other proposals that could have a potentially devastating impact on human rights protection. There should be no misunderstanding of the Party’s intentions.

Jan 17, 2014 12:49pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Davage wrote:

“Well if Japan was not so defiant in hiding all the things that they did in WWII, I dont think China and Korea would be so pissed off.”

Yeah, Japan’s definitely wrong for doing so … but China, who hides its own history, isn’t exactly riding a high horse.

“This is the usual western double standard. How the West could viewed Japan as a democracy while in actual the Japan’s dominant political party is on a very different track from its Western allies? The LDP revision proposals show that the political leaders of Japan and of the United States and other nations in the western political tradition do not share the same belief in free society and the role of government.
Japan revision plan would affect nearly all of the 103 articles of the 1947 Constitution.”

Double standard, eh? You mean that the Communist Party’s total dominance over politics (only a few other parties are allowed, and they all must register with the Communist Party) is somehow CLOSER to western standards than Japan’s putting up (albeit non-western) constitutional amendments to a democratic vote? Or maybe you mean that China’s announced *intent* to disband political re-education through forced labor camps is closer to Western values than Japan’s free political society? Or the hosting of North Korean slave labor camps? Forced abortions? Please tell….

Don’t get me wrong, every country has dark parts in its history, but the Chinese government is at it RIGHT NOW. The Chinese are a great people with a rich history and vibrant culture – but they live under the thumb an authoritarian regime with *actual* imperialist goals. Don’t mistake it as somehow a “good guy” in international politics.

Jan 19, 2014 8:32pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Freedom4A wrote:

I hope China learned Japan Imperialist’s lesson and immediately remove its forces from South China sea and return the islands it has invaded/occupied from Viet Nam and Philippines to these countries. Since China has so passionate in exposing Japan’s past crimes, I hope it serves as a fresh reminder as well.

Jan 20, 2014 12:03am EST  --  Report as abuse
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