Letter: China-Japan tension
Instead of blaming China’s lack of press freedom, the author of “China
shrugs off world opinion in bullying Japan” (The Jakarta Post, Oct. 1)
should really look at the history and the heinous crimes Japan committed
in China starting in late 1890 and through World War II.
Maybe the author would then understand why the dispute — started by
Japanese imperialists who failed to return the land taken from China in
the 1890s after Japan had lost World War II — creates such high emotions
Let’s not forget it is the Japanese who forcibly patrolled the disputed
area with heavily armored patrol boats — without consulting with other
parties involved in the dispute. It is their heavy handed approach of
chasing off anyone who dared to approach the disputed area that caused
If the Japanese continue to ignore their past mistakes and continue to
claim sovereignty over disputed islands, China will continue to respond
strongly because of the historical context.
If Japan wants all parties to behave civilly and have diplomatic discussions, perhaps they should do their part to correct previous mistakes and return the disputed area to the Chinese. I
challenge the Japanese “free” media to support this resolution which is
the right thing to do, but will be hugely unpopular among the Japanese.