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Beijing Stirs up Anti-Japan Sentiment to Avert Domestic Risks
Epoch Times
8/31/2005



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NEW YORK - Another wave of anti-Japan sentiment swept China recently. This time, it was to block Japan from becoming a permanent member of the United Nations’ Security Council. Lin Baohua, a political commentator in New York, said on April 3 that Beijing authorities have stirred up anti-Japan sentiment for domestic reasons. This was to alleviate internal distress, from the “Resignations from the Chinese Communist Party” Movement and the Anti-Secession Law, by diverting the public’s focus to the anti-Japan sentiment.

Referring to a statement from Wu Dawei, China’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, on April 1, that states, “China doesn’t want to see a breakup of the United Nations.” Lin said that China is so determined to hinder Japan from obtaining a membership in the UN’s Security Council even though it may lead to a breakup of the UN.

A lot of news reports in China have created the idea that the whole world is against Japan’s quest for membership in the Security Council. “The only purpose for this kind of news manipulation is certainly to strengthen the anti-Japan sentiments among the Chinese,” Lin commented.

According to Lin’s analysis, there has been deterioration in the Sino-Japan relationship. However, he believes it is not caused by the disputes over territory as China has been staying reconciliatory about the territory disputes with other neighbors. What really displeases China is the US-Japan Security Treaty, which treats the Taiwan Strait as a strategic target. As revenge, China simply wants to teach Japan a lesson. Lin commented, “This has been the style of the Chinese rogue regime consistently- bullying the weak and fearing the strong.”

He emphasized that China’s instigation of anti-Japan sentiment, at present, is driven by domestic affairs with Taiwan. They want to win more support from the general public toward the Anti-Secession Law. China tries to bundle Japan and Taiwan together to stimulate the spirit of “sharing the same hatred and fighting against a common enemy.”

China’s maneuver also has something to do with the torments caused by the recent movements such as the “Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party,” “Say Goodbye to the Chinese Communist Party” and “Resignations from the Party.” These activities have been perplexing Beijing ever since they were initiated by news media. Under such circumstances, a diversion of the public attention to the anti-Japan sentiment can relieve the difficulties the regime has to deal with.

Lin also questioned what the next step would be after imposing a boycott on Japanese goods. Burning Japanese goods?

Recently, a remarkable amount of hot money from foreign countries, invested in China’s stock and real estate market, have been pulled out. The government supported discrimination against foreigners is also aggravating the pullout of foreign capital. “By that time, it may not be as simple as burning Japanese goods. Instead, it could be a major backfire against Hu Jintao,” said Lin.

Lin refuted China’s intimidation to break up the United Nations should Japan be granted a membership in the Security Council. He said this serves as another piece of evidence that China’s intention to become a member of the international organization is not to bridge with the international society, but to kidnap and restructure them using their own accepted wisdom that so obviously conflicts with universal values of the world.

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