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There is a large amount of resentment and in many cases hatred towards the Japanese people nowadays, especially now in that the Japanese war shrine visits are becoming an intense source of provocation.|
It cannot be said that the actions of the government in Japan represent the interests of its people. There are many Japanese who oppose such visits. Thus, hating Japanese people is racist, and must be discouraged. I don't know how simple-minded politics can get, but if one person is to prejudge one solely upon national background rather than personal qualities that matter, then there is truly no limit to the expanse of human stupidity.
In a continuous feud between two people, the one who restrains his personal feelings while simultaneously demonstrating tolerance and a balanced understanding is seen as superior. So far, neither Japan nor China fits this bill. If one is ever to change the status quo of human relations, it has to start somewhere. The Japanese government isn't doing much on its part, so I am asking why China is not seizing this opportunity. If China, as a wartime sufferer, has an advantage over the objective facts, then why doesn't it demonstrate the self-restraint and tolerance that it should? Showing off how angry China can get will not change the Japanese government's stance, and they will continue to withhold official reparations and official apologies because they still feel strong on the intellectual level. In other words, why waste time doing violent protests in hatred when you can quietly organize a mountain of intellectual wealth to directly assault the fascist revisions of history? That is where the real problem lies.
Take into mind that the resentment against Japan is a very recent occurrance in the scope of China's history. For a much longer period of time, the two countries were friends. Ever since the birth of Japan's written history (itself deriving from China's records), China has cultured and fashioned Japan in a very profound manner, much like how a mother raises her children. China's cultural legacy in Japan is imprinted to such a depth that even the recent upsurge of U.S. culture cannot wash it away.
The recent downturn in relations and animosity towards Japan is not only ironic from a historical standpoint. Ironic because despite how much the historical and cultural commonalities between the two nations cries out for implicit friendship, it is not so. Perhaps tragic as well. It is imperative that Japan and China once again be friends, but there needs to be something from within the conflict that can catalyze this. The course of history that should best follow from this point onwards is that China should once again, as always, demonstrate herself as the mother figure and cure the fascist sentiment that plagues her daughter.