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Home > Topics > Riposte to Abe and Japanese Militarism
Chinese Embassy Refutes the Japanese Ambassador's Commentary in the Financial Times
2014/02/07

The following is a letter from Mr. Miao Deyu, Spokesman of the Chinese Embassy in the UK, which was carried in the Financial Times on 6 February under the title “Abe is challenging the postwar order”.

Sir,

Keiichi Hayashi, the Japanese ambassador to the UK, says that prime minister Shinzo Abe’s message on Japan-China relations at Davos was one of “peace and dialogue” (Letters, January). This is a sophistic attempt to cover the truth and mislead the public.

Mr Abe compared the current Asian situation with UK-Germany relations before the first world war. Such a remark is in itself bellicose. Speaking of history, Japan should be the first country to reflect on and face squarely its record of aggression. Japanese militarism embarked on wild aggression after the end of the 19th century, launching a series of wars including the war of aggression against China and the Pacific War, causing tremendous sufferings to the people of Asia and the Allies, and committed horrendous war crimes.

Mr Abe said we must ensure war does not happen again. This sounds so nice but what he is actually doing is completely the contrary. He pushed for revision of the Pacifist Constitution and the dismantling of restrictions on the “right to collective self-defence”, and blatantly made a pilgrimage to the Yasukuni Shrine where 14 class-A war criminals are honoured. Most recently, the Japanese government labelled the Diaoyu Islands, which it illegally seized from China at the end of the 19th century, as “integral parts of Japanese territory” in the guidelines for junior and high school textbooks. The Liberal Democratic Party, the ruling party of Japan, has dropped the “no war pledge” from its annual working policy. These speak loudly that Mr Abe’s real intention is to deny the outcome of the second world war, challenge postwar order and attempt to return to the path of militarism.

We hope Japanese leaders could honour their words with deeds, admit mistakes, stop provocation and appropriately handle outstanding historical issues. Only by so doing can it win the trust of its Asian neighbours and the international community.

               

                                                                                                           Miao Deyu

                                                                                   Spokesman of the Chinese Embassy in the UK

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