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2014年3月21日 (金)

中国全人代閉幕 尖鋭化する習政権の反日攻勢

The Yomiuri Shimbun March 16, 2014
As congress closes, Xi government intensifies its anti-Japan stance
中国全人代閉幕 尖鋭化する習政権の反日攻勢(3月16日付・読売社説)

China’s propaganda campaign to pile pressure on Japan over historical issues has taken on an increasingly strident tone. Japan must remain vigilant on this matter.

China’s National People’s Congress has wrapped up its annual session by approving a work report delivered by the government of Premier Li Keqiang.

The report said, “We will safeguard the victory of World War II and the postwar international order, and will not allow anyone to reverse the course of history.” Although it did not mention Japan by name, the remark was obviously aimed at this country.

As if reinforcing the Chinese administration’s tough line on Japan, the congress coincided with Beijing’s legal formalization of the designation of Dec. 13 as a “national day of mourning” for the victims of the Nanjing Incident at the hands of the former Imperial Japanese Army, and Sept. 3 as “victory day” in the war against Japan. Sept. 3 is the day after Japan formally signed its surrender.

We have concerns that as well as state-sponsored memorial events to mark these dates, an extensive anti-Japan campaign could be conducted across China through the media and school education.

At a press conference during the congress, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said: “On the two issues of principle—history and territory—there is no room for compromise. If some people in Japan insist on overturning the history of its past aggression, the international community will not tolerate that.”

Rather than just stopping at criticizing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe over his visit to Yasukuni Shrine last December and other issues, this appears to be an attempt to pull the bilateral disagreement over the Senkaku Islands in Okinawa Prefecture into the “historical issue” basket.

Japan must state its case

China has laid out a baseless assertion that the Senkaku Islands were stolen during the Sino-Japanese War. By portraying itself as a “victim,” Beijing apparently aims to sway international opinion toward its side.

As well as announcing that Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit Europe this month, Wang also served up a special request for Japan. “Why not use Germany after World War II as a role model?” he asked.

This was a show of support for postwar Germany’s apologies for the mass murder of Jews by the Nazi regime. However, the Abe administration has not changed its position of adhering to the 1995 statement of then Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama in which he expressed a “heartfelt apology” for Japan’s previous colonial rule and aggression.

Wang’s comment was a swipe aimed at Japan that completely ignored this stance.

We think Japan should resolutely hit back at this kind of propaganda.

The Xi administration’s anti-Japan stance could be a reflection of internal circumstances in which, as well as following its policy of developing a strong nation, it must tap into “patriotism” to preserve the unity of the administration at a time when public discontent with inequality and corruption is increasing.

At the congress, a government report revealed that more than 50,000 Chinese state workers were cited for corruption last year. Although Beijing has often trumpeted its efforts to correct disparities in society, it remains unclear just how much improvement is being made.

Chinese society is becoming increasingly unstable. Therefore, the Chinese Communist Party is unlikely to lower its anti-Japan flag anytime soon.

(From The Yomiuri Shimbun, March 16, 2014)
(2014年3月16日01時42分  読売新聞)


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