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Message of caution for Japan (2)

By Li Qingsi  (China Daily)

09:34, January 15, 2013

Japan's political make-up is such that it cannot have total control over its own armed forces, and the US is not reconciled to use the resultant dangerous force to compete with its new rivals.

Therefore, the US and Japan, each with its own axe to grind, act in collusion. The US' dangerous moves and the Japanese right-wing forces eventually will not only harm other countries in Asia-Pacific, but also bring disaster upon themselves.

Japan should realize that its arrogance and bellicose attitude will not be tolerated by its neighbors, particularly China, which want to maintain peace and stability in East Asia. For long, China has been earnestly persuading Japan to reflect on its war crimes, but its efforts have not resonated with the international community, especially the US, which believes an anti-China Japan will be conducive to its return to Asia strategy.

China has been trying to uphold international justice. But it's time it exposed Japanese designs, because they pose a threat not only to the region but also to the rest of the world. Doing so will help the international community to once again unite against Japanese militarism. This is important because China faces a country that is not only powerful but also has returned evil for good.

As long as Japan reflects on its historical mistakes, China is willing to focus on the development of Sino-Japanese ties and bilateral cooperation for mutual benefit. The Japanese economy has become highly dependent on China. But of late, some Japanese politicians have indulged in the wishful thinking of benefiting from China's economic development and using the money so earned to counterbalance China.

China, however, is no longer the country of the 1930s when the Japanese let loose a reign of terror. China today occupies an important place in the international community and is a major economic power. This shift in the balance of power is what Japanese right-wing forces cannot accept. Therefore, keeping in mind its external challenges and threats China has to strengthen itself, especially on the military front, to maintain peace and security in the region.

The challenges posed by Japan, the US and some other countries has compelled China to rapidly develop its military, which in turn can help maintain peace and stability in East Asia.

If Japan owns up to its war crimes, it can be pardoned by countries that it occupied and brutalized during World War II. In fact, a Japan in pursuit of peace would be the best guarantee of peace and stability in the region, otherwise, the international community has to teach Japan again how to be a peace-loving nation.

The author is a professor at the School of International Studies, Renmin University of China.

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