April 12, 2005
More on anti-Japan riots in China (Updated)
More reaction and reports on the anti-Japan riots in China.
In an effort to catch the populist wave, various Hong Kong groups are planning anti-Japan activites including a rally for this weekend. The issue is uniting the Democrats with the DAB, The Frontier and the Federation of Trade Unions. The Professional Teachers' Union is planning a letter writing campaign for all school students in the city. It's good they're being taught understanding and tolerance at such a young age.
China's Vice-Minister for Commerce, Wei Jianguo, said yesterday bilateral economic ties won't be affected by the recent actions. The same article in the (unlinkable) SCMP reports many Japanese citizens in China are preparing to leave if things turn for the worse. Likewise calls for boycotts and vandalism of Japanese stores and products will obviously hurt economic ties. Already there's anecdotal evidence of the impact. This presents another dilemma for China's Government - will it be prepared to let these protests impact on economic ties? The window of opportunity for getting a grip on this thing is quickly closing. The restrictions on official reporting of the event are being undermined by blogs...an interesting twist for those who see blogs as bringers of freedom, democracy and good to the world.
As a thought: what kind of apology would satisfy China and Korea? I fear there isn't one because the issue is too handy for politicians in both places.
* Philip Bowring in the IHT points out the real issue is the UN Security Council. He says China's anti-Japan stance hurts China's global standing, saying it is a crude and blatant attempt to protect its privileged position as the only Asian and only developing country that is a permanent member of the (UN Security) council. He also notes the differences in relations between India and Japan with China at the moment.
If the Japanese banned the single textbook, renounced all the disputed territory, and apologized once a week for the next five years, the same people would find something else to get upset about. The anger at the Japanese is not the wellspring; it’s the intoxication with emotion.Good post.
* Read what the Yasukuni shrine says about the Nanjing massacre and what most Japanese know of it.
* Gordon notes other countries also suffered at the hands of the Japanese Imperial Forces yet have managed to move on.
* ESWN examines the roots of anti-Japanese feelings in China.
NOTE: Click for more recently updated and ongoing coverage of anti-Japan protests in China, including links to first hand accounts and commentary.posted by Simon on 04.12.05 at 06:41 PM in the
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