Geography

Alliance needed against Japanese expansionism

PUBLISHED : Friday, 04 October, 1996, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 04 October, 1996, 12:00am

The explosions of two atomic bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki during the summer of 1945 delivered millions of innocent Asians from the malignant clutches of Japanese imperialism.


However, in spite of what happened at the end of World War II, extreme nationalism has still not been uprooted in Japan and the annexation of the Diaoyu Islands marks its revival.


It may seem to the impartial, that the loss of such a paltry outcrop of islands does not pose a real threat to China's population or its economy, but it would be unpardonable if we were to respond to Japan's claim with indifference. Where the national prestige of the Chinese is concerned and where a mutual agreement that this is Chinese territory exists, there should be an uncompromising response. The absence of such a response would show cowardice on the part of the Communist and Nationalist governments of the PRC and Taiwan, respectively.


Undoubtedly, the Diaoyu Islands affair has stirred up feelings of national awareness among many Chinese civilians, especially the people of Hong Kong who seldom involve themselves in political or social movements.


However, Taipei's response has been timid, because it wants to get back into the United Nations and Beijing's subservience is prompted by a desire to secure continued loans from Japan.


Those people whose national consciousness has not faded, would I am sure agree with me, that allowing the loss of territory is scandalous. So, if the leaders of China and Taiwan can set aside their political differences and form an alliance against Japanese imperialism, then the threat of that imperialism can be curbed and lasting peace in the Pacific region can be secured.


LAW KA-CHUN DAVID Pokfulam