Official call to redirect Diaoyu anger

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 12 October, 1996, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 12 October, 1996, 12:00am

A mouthpiece of the Communist Party has called on Chinese patriots who demonstrated over the Diaoyu Islands dispute to translate their slogans into action to help the country become an economic superpower.

The monthly magazine, Outlook, said in its latest issue that 'little tricks' played by Japanese right-wing activists since July had aroused 'great indignation' across China and the strong reaction demonstrated by patriots over the dispute was 'very good'.

'But when the emotion is over, we should think calmly - how can we be patriotic under the new historic circumstances?' Xinhua (the New China News Agency) yesterday quoted the signed article as saying.

The article dismissed boycotting Japanese goods as a 'patriotic act' saying it contradicted 'the spirit of the time'.

It lashed out at cadres who put economic benefits above political principles saying there were too many of these spineless officials in China.

To illustrate this point, the article revealed that the Tianjin Koei Company, a Japanese-funded firm, had replaced four of its graphic designers after they refused to take part in the creation of a computer game featuring World War II Japanese generals.

'In this incident, the Chinese management has obviously placed economic priority above political principles,' the article said.

'This cannot be an isolated incident.' The article called on nationals to show their patriotism by supporting domestic goods over foreign imports and work for China's economic take-off.

'We must translate our patriotic vigour into real actions . . . Only after China becomes prosperous and strong, then no one will dare to bully us,' the article said.