Thursday, October 7, 2010

Depth of the Japan-China rift

The Japan Times published an op-ed written by Kazuo Ogoura, a former Japanese diplomat, on October 7, 2010. In this article, he explained why the Chinese government keeps telling its people that Japan is a militaristic country. According to him, this viewpoint boosts the legitimacy of the Communist Party of China.

One of the reasons why the Chinese people believe the Communist Party should be in power is because the party liberated the country from Japanese rule. Of course, the truth is somewhat more complex, and certainly more interesting, than is commonly known. The CPC came to power because the West wanted to make sure China and Japan remained at odds with each other. During the Cold War, the world was split in half. On one side you had the communists and on the other side you had the capitalists. As long as Japan stayed on the capitalist side, China had to be on the communist side in order to keep them from joining forces. In fact, the West still wants Japan and China to have an antagonistic relationship. That’s why the West was so desperate to get rid of Hatoyama. And that is another reason why the Communist Party of China keeps telling its people that Japan is a militaristic country – because the West wants them to.

Yet another reason why the Chinese government keeps telling its people that Japan is a militaristic country is because telling them the truth – that Japan has contributed greatly to the development of the Chinese economy – undermines their argument that the Communist Party is responsible for the progress that the country has experienced over the last three decades.

The fact that telling the truth would anger China – and the West – is one of the reasons why Japan stays silent. China doesn’t want the public to know the truth for the reason Ogoura mentioned. The West doesn’t want the public to know the truth because the West is led by criminals who would be thrown in jail were the truth known.

So that leaves it to me to tell everyone the truth. Thanks guys.

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