The Sino-Indian War of 1962 and China's Revisionism.

Essay by Keir December 2005

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As everyone knows, China insists on reminding its people about the evils the Japanese committed against it in a brutal war of aggression 60 years ago. At the same time however, the Chinese regime refuses to acknowledge its own aggression but instead omits or distorts history to justify its claims and ambitions.

In my class, I deal with the Manchurian invasion and the issue of Japanese textbooks ignoring, excusing, or even justifying atrocities committed over 60-70 years ago. However, I always seek to put such incidents in context, such as how the concern about the massacre at Nanjing being labelled an 'incident' mirrors this country's army committing an 'incident' 15 years ago against its own people. Indeed, this is a country that, without an ideology that commands the respect of its people, seeks to control its people through nationalism, which it at the same time condemns. It is this hypocrisy that last week blocked ALL foreign websites from my school so that students (nearly all from abroad and require such sites as hotmail to keep in touch with their families) would be kept ignorant of the atrocities the CCP has committed against its own people since 1949 (my geography students register disbelief when I inform them of the 30 million dead with 3 years of the 'Great Leap Forward') while regurgitating the history it selectively uses.

This is becoming all the more the case here as nationalism replaces communism as the glue that binds its subjects. Consider the scripted anti-Japanese mob protests earlier this year. Many of my students are Chinese and Korean where they have been brought up to have an anti-Japanese perspective (much as many of my countrymen were raised to have an anti-German prejudice) and consider it just that the Chinese show the world their opposition to...