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China: Tokyo Olympics will only be success if Japan recognises war aggression

Editorial in Global Times focused on Beijing’s longstanding diplomatic rivalry with Tokyo

PUBLISHED : Monday, 09 September, 2013, 3:09pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 10 September, 2013, 1:28am
 

Chinese state-run media offered Tokyo heavily qualified congratulations Monday for winning the right to host the 2020 Olympics, saying the event’s success would depend on Japan recognising its second world war aggression.

“Japan should learn how to behave,” the Global Times said in an editorial that focused mostly on Beijing’s longstanding diplomatic rivalry with Tokyo.

The paper lamented Japan’s “lousy job in reflecting its misdeeds in the second world war”, specifically pointing to visits by senior figures to the controversial Yasukuni Shrine, where the souls of the country’s war dead are enshrined including 14 Class A war criminals.

If visits continued, the editorial said, the world would reconsider whether “a country which has been paying high tribute to brutal war criminals for years is qualified to host such an event that advocates peace and harmony”.

The Olympics will produce some pressure for Japan to realise the importance of self-restraint

The paper’s news story on the 2020 decision said analysts were urging Japan “to adjust its attitude on history to reflect its appreciation for peace as implied in the Olympic Spirit”.

Beijing and Tokyo are at loggerheads over disputed territory in the East China Sea administered by Tokyo, which calls them the Senkaku islands, but claimed by Beijing, which knows them as the Diaoyus.

In the editorial, which appeared in both the newspaper’s Chinese and English editions, the Global Times added: “The Olympics will produce some pressure for Japan to realise the importance of self-restraint.”

Ties between the Asian giants have plunged in the last year, largely because of the ongoing territorial row, but their relationship remains heavily coloured by Japan’s brutal occupation of China before and during the second world war.

Beijing regularly accuses Tokyo of failing to atone for its imperialist past, while Japan says its neighbours use history as a diplomatic stick to beat it with.

Members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) meeting in Buenos Aires chose the Japanese capital over Istanbul after Madrid was eliminated, sparking celebrations in Tokyo.

The city previously hosted the Games in 1964.

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pseudotriton
andreaswagner is a Japanese right-winger. I think you're just wasting your breath with her.
alpot_scmp
I thought its Turkey who won
chanaa
oh stop being a child china.
pseudotriton
oh stop being a troll, chanaa
mercedes2233
You can't know Chinese history of the last hundred years to make such a stupid remark. A deed which had not been adequately atoned for remains a misdeed. Too much damage was made to China for the hurt to just disappear of its own accord. If you don't know all this, at least keep quiet.
chanaa
You can actually deduce from my surname that i am chinese & proud of it.
What do you hide behind ? A german car ? What a dumb ****.
mercedes2233
So how come you are so dumb about Chinese history?
shuike
Channa sounds Indian. Have never heard a Chinese call himself such. In India, Channa means Peas. Ask your Indian friends if you do not believe. Moreover, I would not like to wish on anyone the atrocities the Japanese did to their subjects/prisoners. If it happened to your family, you wouldn't be talking like you did. That was what Mercedes2233 measnt.
chanaa
Haha, its chanaa you idiot, not channa. Cant u even read ?
chanaa
Really ? Assumption is what makes you dumb & stupid.
I am Chinese, but i dont live in the past. We move on.

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