Push on war cash activists
By JOHN KOHUT in Beijing
POLICE in several parts of China have questioned scores of people linked to an unofficial movement for war reparations from Japan, sources in the group said yesterday.
And several of the movement's leaders in Beijing have been put under guard in the past few days, the sources said.
'Police said that we were organising a big meeting asking for compensation from Japan,' said one activist. 'But I never heard of such a meeting.' China gave up claims to reparations for Japan's occupation in the 1930s and 40s when Beijing established diplomatic relations with Tokyo in 1972.
But in the last few years, the Preparatory Committee for Japanese War Reparations has gathered force.
Some top officials have given it tacit support, but the Chinese Government fears it may upset relations with Japan, one of China's biggest trade partners, aid donors and investors.