Chinese women attend a candlelight vigil in Nanjing, Jiangsu, in December to mark the Japanese invasion 77 years ago. Photo: AP Chinese women attend a candlelight vigil in Nanjing, Jiangsu, in December to mark the Japanese invasion 77 years ago. Photo: AP
Chinese women attend a candlelight vigil in Nanjing, Jiangsu, in December to mark the Japanese invasion 77 years ago. Photo: AP
Frank Ching
Opinion

Opinion

Frank Ching

China and Japan try to move away from the past - while holding on to it

Frank Ching says China's intent to repair its frayed ties with Japan may well be undermined by its remembrance of past hostilities

Chinese women attend a candlelight vigil in Nanjing, Jiangsu, in December to mark the Japanese invasion 77 years ago. Photo: AP Chinese women attend a candlelight vigil in Nanjing, Jiangsu, in December to mark the Japanese invasion 77 years ago. Photo: AP
Chinese women attend a candlelight vigil in Nanjing, Jiangsu, in December to mark the Japanese invasion 77 years ago. Photo: AP
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Frank Ching

Frank Ching

Frank Ching opened The Wall Street Journal’s bureau in Beijing in 1979 when the U.S. and China established diplomatic relations. Before that, he was with The New York Times in New York for 10 years. After Beijing, he wrote the book Ancestors and later joined the Far Eastern Economic Review.