China and Japan: When to Forget?
A recent article in The Diplomat asserted that “The problem with the Chinese Communist Party’s rendering of the past is that it encourages the Chinese people to remain frozen in a time of humiliation.”
Nonsense. It’s an effective emotional reminder of a recent horror; it encourages the Chinese people not to take their collective foot off the gas until the once-smouldering wreckage that was China has disappeared from the rearview mirror.
My Chinese friends are in their 60s and 70s, wealthy, British-educated Hong Kong expats, and they frequently speak with shock and bewilderment about Japan’s cruelty to the Chinese people. And they are incredulous that the grandson of one of the cruelest Japanese was Prime Minister Abe’s grandfather. And that Mr. Abe has pulled a land-grab so blatant that even the US will not endorse it. So Japan is fanning those dying embers, too.
It ain’t over till it’s over, and it’s up to the Chinese to decide when it’s over.