Tuesday, April 19, 2005

In China

“IT’S a scary country,” Japan’s trade minister, Shoichi Nakagawa, said of China last week, following demonstrations in several Chinese cities by thousands of protesters, some of whom smashed the windows of Japanese shops and restaurants and threw stones at Japanese diplomatic buildings. For all their seeming reluctance to quell the unrest, Chinese leaders probably find it scary too.

I thought Japan had already apologized for their conduct in WWII. Could be
I'm wrong, but it's hard to fault the Chinese for having a little resentment
over the rape of Nanjing. The government may have their own reasons for letting
these protests go on for so long but anyone who has seen the newsreels can
understand the citizens' rage, even 60 years later.
Ah well, at least they haven't blamed it on President Bush yet.