posted on Sep, 17 2012 @ 07:48 AM
Originally posted by paraphi
Originally posted by mobiusmale
The Chinese, in general, are still very angry at Japan - and the Japanese people - for what happened during WWII.
The Chinese authorities need to stop selectively harking back to the dim and distant past and move on. The rest of the world has moved on from the
terrors of WW2, but only China insists on keeping it alive for internal nationalistic reasons.
Except that, it is not so "distant". There are still people alive who witnessed Japanese atrocities...who still remember the panic inducing drone
of Japanese aircraft as they strafed and bombed Chinese cities. And there are certainly a huge number who are still alive who heard first-hand
accounts from their parents and grandparents before they passed on.
, on multiple channels, on multiple movies and series, on Chinese television networks they play stories about the Japanese
being fought in WWII by the valiant Chinese. The lines between good and evil are quite clear in these shows. This "Japan hating" is a very
present, and on-going reality for all Chinese.
There is no doubt that these military, "Us versus Them" entertainment pieces are done for nationalistic reasons...and that the Chinese simply are
not ready to move on.
For context, what the Japanese did to the Chinese. Many nations suffered from their aggressive policies in the thirties and throughout WW2.
What the Chinese authorities are less keen on reporting is the magnitude of the atrocities and mayhem perpetrated by the Communist Party. It is not
taught in the Chinese schools that Chairman Mao had the blood of perhaps 50 million on his hands due to the policies inflicted upon the Chinese. In
deed, most Chinese are taught that Mao would never have hurt a fly, not even a very small fly.
I certainly would not debate this point. Mao, for the most part, is seen as a larger-than-life inspirational leader who delivered China not only from
the Japanese...but from the then Chinese Government. There is certainly never any official discussion of his purges, or his failed policies (that led
to mass starvation for example). He is more or less seen as a revered "father figure", who was a great thinker and pioneer.
However, among younger people, who have access to foreign news sources and other internet resources (despite the Government's efforts to create the
Great Firewall of China)...there is a growing realization that Mao was flawed in many ways - and that he was behind a lot of internal mayhem.
But don't expect too many people there to talk about this openly...
To OP. China may try a stunt, but they are not stupid and will not do anything that focuses the ire of the West. China has myriad territorial
claims and contrary to the belief by some people on these Boards, has aggressively pursued some of these claims e.g. Tibet, India and the Soviet
They are currently engaged in "could go hot" similar disputes not only with Japan, but also with Vietnam and the Philippines.