China appears bound and determined to flex its muscle and alienate itself from other countries in the Asia-Pacific region. After setting up new oil rigs in the South China Sea and re-drawing the map to give itself more territory, the world’s most-populous nation recently celebrated the 77th anniversary of the Sino-Japanese War.
The Sino-Japanese War, commonly known in China as the War of Resistance Against Japan, left 20 million Chinese dead, according to Beijing’s estimates, and ended with Tokyo’s World War II defeat in 1945.
Xi joined hundreds of soldiers, veterans and schoolchildren on the edge of the capital to mark the Marco Polo Bridge incident, a skirmish between Chinese and Japanese troops on July 7, 1937 that served as a pretext for Tokyo’s forces to seize Beijing and triggered the war.
He unveiled a sculpture and praised the resistance of Chinese society against what he described as a “barbaric invasion”.
While Japan has attempted to demonstrate remorse for its actions during the second World War, China continues to find new ways to remind the world of the past transgressions.
Xi spoke after a two-day trip last week to Seoul, where discontent over Japan’s perceived lack of sufficient repentance proved a key source of common ground with South Korean President Park Geun-Hye. Japan colonised the Korean peninsula from 1910-45.
The pair reportedly discussed the possibility of jointly marking the 70th anniversary next year of Japan’s defeat, a proposal that Japan has dismissed as “utterly unhelpful”.
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