Completely separate issues

PUBLISHED : Monday, 13 June, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 13 June, 1994, 12:00am


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I WAS appalled by G. Michael's letter (South China Morning Post, June 6) concerning Japanese atrocities in China.

Mr Michael's letter implies that the Chinese have little justification for remembering the war crimes committed by Japan as long as the present day Chinese Government continues to occupy Tibet.

It is patently wrong to compare, as Mr Michael does, the sufferings of the Chinese during World War II, with the way in which the Tibetan people have been treated by the Chinese Government. This effectively rubs salt in the wounds of those who lived through the trauma of Japanese occupation.

Japan's invasion of China during World War II and the Chinese presence in Tibet are separate issues.

Anyone who thinks there is repression in Tibet should openly denounce the Chinese Government for its wrongdoings.

But no matter how the situation in Tibet is to be seen, the Chinese people certainly have every reason not to forget about their sufferings at the hands of Japanese militarism. And they as well as their children have the responsibility to see to it that the atrocities committed by their wartime enemies are properly recorded in history books.

Only by so doing will similar tragic events be less likely to recur.

CHENG TAI-PUI Taikoo Shing