We have been discussing a tad too much about the Middle East, America and all the protests in different Islamic countries. But, today I’ll give you an insight on the ongoing problems taking place in China and the Anti-Japan demonstrations. China and Japan have always detested each other chiefly after the Second World War which had played a huge role in increasing the anti-Japan sentiment amongst the Chinese due to millions of civilian deaths, billions of damage and occupancy of a number of Chinese cities by Japan. Moreover, women from many Chinese cities (and the rest of Asia) were made to serve as prostitutes under Japanese occupation and they were called ‘comfort women.’ Even in the present days, there is immense hostility between the two countries. Certain protests in China keep urging the citizens to restrain from buying Japanese products; some restaurants do not permit Japanese citizens. According to Wikipedia, a restaurant in Guangzhou has a sign which reads: ‘Japanese and dogs are forbidden here.’ Accordingly, you must have got the general idea of the background enmity between the two countries.
Now, I will focus on the current problem. 18th September is considered a pretty sensitive date in China. It dates back to the events that took place in 1931 when a section of railroad owned by Japan’s South Machuria Railway, near Mukden (now Shenyang, in Southern Manchuria) was dynamited. The Imperial Japanese Army blamed the Chinese dissidents for this act and reacted by invading Manchuria. It was later revealed that this was a staged and planned incident which was used as a pretext by Japan to invade north-east China.
This year, the anti-Japan sentiments of the Chinese natives have been ignited to a higher level because of the current dispute over the Senkaku Islands (as the Japanese call them); known as Diaoyu in China. The following article discusses about the problems prevailing between the two countries and how Asia can handle them without hindering the region’s harmony and affluence. Published in The Economist, this article is written meticulously and remarkably to ponder on the subject under discussion. Read it for a better understanding: