Japan Should Contribute to Peace in Asia

by Zhong Sheng

Japan is a fickle country and it is incapable of walking out of the shadow of an aggressive war. It has continually initiated trouble on historical and realistic problems.

Japan’s two cabinet members and some cross-party members in the Congress openly visited the Yasukuni Shrine, which severely hurt the feeling of Asian people. It is doomed to pay the price to challenge historical conclusion and offend fairness and justice.

Japanese Land and Transport Minister Yuichiro Hata (L) and fellow lawmakers visit the controversial Yasukuni shrine on the 67th anniversary of Japan’s surrender in World War II.

Having a disgraceful history and wrong politics, the country will always have a stain in the international community. Therefore, the country cannot become dignified despite having an advanced economy and powerful patron. Such a country is difficult to get close to and other countries should strictly guard against it. The reason is simple – it will pay the price sooner or later for its wrong behaviours.

Diaoyu Island and its affiliated islands originally belong to China and China has indisputable sovereignty over them. China has made solemn representations on Japan’s illegally detaining Chinese fishermen nearby Diaoyu Islands on Aug. 15 and urged the country to ensure their safety and immediately release them unconditionally.

It is an objective fact that there is a controversy between China and Japan on the sovereignty over the Diaoyu Islands. China has always advocated solving the problem based on respecting the facts and through negotiations.

Japan violated the bilateral consensus and understanding again and again, including illegally detaining Chinese fishermen and a fishing boat, the farces of naming, purchasing, inspecting and fishing nearby the Diaoyu Islands and announcing intentions to strengthen its military power nearby Diaoyu Islands in a high profile. It has deviated from the right way of solving differences – through dialogue and consultation.

It is quite bigoted and fearless for Japan to refuse to reflect on the historical problems and become rude and unreasonable on the realistic problems. What consequences will a country produce if it gets extremely bigoted and fearless? The historical lessons should not be forgotten.

“Aug. 15”, the anniversary of Japan’s unconditional surrender in the World War II, is a mirror and people can see clearly that the history and reality are difficult to separate. Distorted concepts are bound to lead to extreme behaviors. Japan will have difficulty restraining itself if it does not correct its view of history.

*Note: This is an editorial from People’s Daily Online.

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