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How Abe confronts September 3 parade

Editor: Li Kun 丨CCTV.com

07-20-2015 15:38 BJT

By Zhou Yongsheng, professor, China Foreign Affairs University

On July 10, Cheng Guoping, the vice minister of foreign affairs, announced at a press conference for the Shanghai Cooperation Organization that President Xi Jinping had invited Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in June to the World War II victory parade in China but was still awaiting a reply. On July 13, Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told the press, "We received various instructions from China, but have not received an invitation yet."

Obviously, there is a problem of miscommunication on this issue between the two sides. The Chinese side says that it has issued the invitation, whereas the Japanese side did not receive it. It is very convenient for an invitation to be delivered and received by diplomatic messengers on the same day. It sounds incredible that Japan could take such a long time to receive the invitation. It therefore requires Chinese and Japanese governments to further communicate on the issue. Outsiders and spectators are unable to make a reasonable judgment.

Undoubtedly, the invitation to Japan conveys China's generosity, sincerity and friendliness, but it is considered trouble from the perspective of Abe. Why does he feel so embarrassed?

Apparently, according to public opinion in Japan, the Japanese side believes China's activities celebrating victory day and the parade on September 3 aim to pin down Japan. From that point of view, the decision how to handle the invitation seems complicated and confusing.

As a matter of fact, China does not care about Abe's previous little schemes for Sino-Japanese relations. With generosity, good faith and willingness, China issued the invitation with the supreme etiquette of the head of state. Chinese behavior reflects China's desire to promote the friendly relations between the sides and better mutual ties on the basis of improved relations. Abe's bewilderment lies in his reluctance toward a good understanding and reading of history.

They were not willing to admit the defeat to China in World War II or defeat to China on the general level. To attend the ceremony for commemorating victory in the Chinese People's War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression, such a parade especially implies recognition of China's victory and inner indescribable inconsistencies.

Furthermore Abe misreads China's policy and the spirit of the parade. The parade is not directed against any particular country: not for today's Japan and not against the Japanese people. The significance of China's parade is to commemorate great sacrifices in the great fight against fascism. It aims to commemorate the Chinese people’s spirit of perseverance, courage to sacrifice and struggle for victory. It will enhance the Chinese nation's centripetal power, unity and cohesion. 

If there exists some relevance for modern Japan, it is a handful of right-wing forces in Japan who must account for it. They beautify the war, deny the aggression, reverse the verdict on aggression and hope to deny history.

The V-Day parade is to highlight China's great achievements in development and the power of the Chinese nation, demonstrates the invincibility of its army so as to deter the handful right-wing forces all over the world and urge them to realize that there is no way to reverse the verdict. The Chinese people will never let them do so and nor will China's military army. We have the determination and ability to defeat and eliminate any invader who dares to provoke against peace and rekindle war.

China's army serves as the powerful backing for defending the country's sovereignty. It also serves as a strong pillar to maintain peace in East Asia and the rest of the world. By demonstrating the country's military power, China will enhance the patriotism and self-confidence of all its citizens and especially young people and promote the modernization of its army.


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