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Comment: Japan Unduly Concerns over China's Military Parade

(Source: China Military Online)   2015-08-31

  BEIJING, August 31 (ChinaMil) -- The Japanese Foreign Ministry said on August 28 that the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's visit to Beijing for the series of events commemorating the 70th anniversary of the victory of the Chinese People’s War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression is a "rash" decision and Tokyo urges him to "take a neutral position".

  According to a report by Japan's Kyodo News, the Japanese government believes that if Ban Ki-moon attends the military parade in Beijing, "his actions as the UN Secretary-General will be further doubted", and Japan intends to take a "solemn stand" if this assumption becomes reality.

  In response, the Office of the Spokesperson for the UN Secretary General said that according to Ban Ki-moon, now is the time for the UN and its members to learn lessons from history and think about how to develop the UN so that the next generation will be free from war.

  Such a simple reply is right to the point. There is no doubt that at the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII, Japan, as a defeated power, should reflect on its crimes and draw lessons so that it won't take the old wrong path again. It should not make ill-intended and irresponsible comments on international organizations and state leaders for attending China's military parade.

  Unfortunately Japan chose the second approach. It not only expressed "concerns" over Ban Ki-moon's attendance at China's commemorative events, but also paid close attention to the movements of South Korean President Park Geun-hye.

  At first, Japanese media didn't think Park Geun-hye will visit China. Later when South Korea published the president's agenda in China, they wondered whether she will intentionally avoid the military parade. At last, when Park Geun-hye confirmed her attendance at the military parade, Japanese media guessed "she may not applaud at the military parade on considerations for the attitude of the U.S. and opposition factions in South Korea".

  Japan is so concerned over Beijing's military parade that it even sweats over whether Park Geun-hye will applaud at it. What's behind all this is obviously the Abe administration's resolve to work against China on everything.

  According to the Kyodo News, some believed that China may display the enhancement of its military power at the commemorative events in Beijing on September 3 for the sake of containing Japan. Considering this possibility, the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe decided not to attend those events. The Kyodo News analyzed that the Japanese government expressed concerns over Ban Ki-moon's attendance at Beijing's military parade because it thinks the Secretary-General is too partial toward China.

  This is ridiculous. The Office of the Spokesperson for the UN Secretary General pointed out that not only did Ban Ki-moon attend several WWII commemorative events in Russia and Europe this year, but he has assigned high-level UN officials to attend the peace-celebrating ceremony held on August 6 in Hiroshima, Japan. Are all those events a breach of "neutrality"?

  The spokesperson of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs has long stated that China has referred to the general practices of other countries in holding the military parade. As an important part of the events celebrating the 70th anniversary of the victory of the Chinese People’s War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression, the military parade is aimed to demonstrate the resolve and capability of Chinese people as well as people around the world to safeguard peace rather than "flex muscles" to anyone.

  China also invited Abe to attend the commemorative events. What's unacceptable is that while Abe refused the invitation for various considerations, the Japanese side has made indiscrete remarks on the agenda of other world leaders, which fully reflects its twisted mindset of refusing to face up to history and finding fault with China and its mixed sentiments of arrogance and inferiority complex.

  Japan can well avoid China's military parade, but it is neither positioned nor able to control whether other world leaders will attend no matter how "concerned" it is.

Editor:Zhang Tao
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