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Your apology is accepted but why blame it on the Chinese culture which has been unbroken for 5,000 years when you perceive that someone allegedly insults you when in fact what they did is to tell you the truth about your own shortcoming?
For example, if I told you that there was a 'shelf" agreement between Japan and China in Sept 1972 to let the future generations decide on the fate of the disputed islands and you have no idea of such a 'shelf" agreement and I say you are ignorant, does it it mean it is an insult? No, because telling you the truth about yourself can never be an insult.
And you said "Anyway, you are right about the Japanese government. They (and the Chinese government) get a lot of political benefits out of this."
Yes, I am right because it is a fact that the Japanese govt violated the 'shelf' agreement by nationalizing the islands which precipitated the present crisis but what has that got to do with the Chinese govt allegedly " getting 'a lot of political benefits out of this"?
What China wants is to go back to the period of stability or tranquility after the 'shelf' agreement took effect in Sept 1972 but what Shinzo Abe wants is to whip up nationalism and let it pave the way to another round of Militarism to lift Japan out of two decades of rolling economic deflation.
Yes, the US has a Military Empire, with over 1,000 military and supply bases all over the world but they forget that in the end all Empires fall into the scrap heap of history. And the end is on the way.
Since China was willing to 'shelf' the decision on the disputes islands with Japan that is evidence that it is not about making "billions from all that oil, gas and even fishing rights" which you falsely implied. That to me is a lie and an insult to China's integrity.
Japan started to build an Empire after the Meiji Restoration circa 1868 and they modeled their army after the German and their navy after the British. Then they saw how easy it was for the Brits and the French to colonize a vast area of Asia, including Australia and NZ and they too wanted a share of the loot. All colonization is about theft of territories and resources.
China could have colonize three quarters of the world in 1421 as she was then the sole maritime superpower but China did not colonize a single nation no matter what your "Building Empires for Dummies" manual says.
Then you came out with this howler "Loving your country does not mean you need to be blind."
Hey pal I am not from China and I am not blind. But you are an Australian and if you think what your forefathers did in the past to invade, colonize, hunt and near exterminate the Aborigines is justified then it is you who are blind as a wombat.