Kolumn full av fördomar.”Kina har inte glömt andra världskriget”

Kina har inte glömt andra världskriget

The column of the Swedish newspaper diminished Japan remarkably.

“Recently launched Japan’s biggest warships since World War II. The aircraft carrier was named Izumo, which is the same name as one of the Japanese warships had invested at the invasion of China in 1937”.

About he naming of Japan Defense Ships,in the case of the ship(Combatant Ship), the name is chosen among names of natural phenomena in the heavens or the atmosphere, mountains, rivers or regions. It is established in official order 30 of the Marine Self Defense Force. It is never the name named being conscious of China. Izumo was an old province of Japan which today consists of the eastern part of Shimane Prefecture. It is custom to be seen in many countries.

The past empire navy surely had an  armored cruiser named Izumo. However,current Izumo does not have relations.

“Gideon Rachman in the Financial Times noted that this aroused indignation in China and linked this incident to the Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Taro Asos statement that Japan should abandon its pacifist constitution and draw lessons from how the Nazis abandoned the Weimar Constitution”.

When I read this I was reminded of a dinner conversation during the Engelsbergs Seminar. I ended up by chance at the side of Rana Mitter, professor of modern Chinese history at Oxford. But he had not yet spoken to the conference so I did not know who he was.

We came to talk about the BBC and Mitter told me that he regularly is host of the BBC Radio 3 program “Arts and ideas,” which I now regularly listening to. Then we came in on China and he told me how it was that he was born and raised in an Indian family in England had come to devote his academic career to China.

He mentioned that he had just come out with a book on the war between Japan and China during World War II. Curious as I am, I bought the book and read it. I thought I had an eye on the modern history of the world, I realized that I missed a very important part of this.

Rana Mitters book “China’s war with Japan 1937-1945 – The struggle for survival” is thus whether this part of the last world war from a Chinese perspective. His point is that this is an important but forgotten part of the world’s modern history.

When this war was fought, China was a part of the Western alliance that fought the Nazi and fascist Axis powers. China was the first country to Axis forces attacked – two years before France was attacked by Nazi Germany, four years before Pearl Harbor. After December 7, 1941, it was of great importance for the U.S. and its allies that China continued its struggle against the Japanese troops.

The war was devastating – 14 million dead, massive flows of refugees, destruction of infrastructure.

This column which was written by the person who did not know the history in Asia well. The column where it gives a reader malice for Japan. I was surprised that SVD accepted the publication of the column of the favor in China very much.

But after the war, Japan became quickly the U.S. ally and Mao’s victory in the Chinese civil war came to be a part of the Cold War. China’s heroic struggle against Japan that has been so important to the war course, forgotten. But China has not forgotten, underscores Mitter. And to understand today’s China, one must understand the history.

I have noted – without having understood the historical background – China and Japan claim the islands Senkaku, or Diaoyu as they are called in China. The archipelago is located near the coast of China.

What happens here is of the utmost importance for the United States – and the rest of the world.

North Korea, China, Japan … Asia today offers not only economic dynamism but also a hard-foreseeable geopolitical problems.

Japan never makes war after the Pacific War(WW2). However, how about China? China takes Tibet and causes territorial dispute between Vietnam and Philippines, India. It is dangerous to believe blindly in Chinese propaganda. Why are the Philippines, Vietnam, India going to make relations with Japan strong now? The writer of this column does not seem to know even it.

The irresponsible behavior gives misunderstanding to others. I do not have mind to justify behavior in World War II of Japan. However, I want to argue against unfair criticism to postwar Japan.

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